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Watson's Generic VALTREX® 500 mg and 1000 mg Receives FDA Approval
Date:5/24/2010

MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), today announced that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Valacyclovir Hydrochloride tablets, USP, in the 500 and 1000 mg strengths, the generic equivalent to GlaxoSmithKline, LLC's VALTREX® tablets. Watson intends to begin shipping the product shortly.  

VALTREX® 500 and 1000 mg had total U.S. sales of approximately $1.8 billion for the twelve months ending March 2010, according to IMS Health.  Valacyclovir hydrochloride tablets are indicated for treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis), initial episodes of genital herpes in immunocompetent adults, recurrent episodes of genital herpes in immunocompetent adults, chronic suppressive therapy of recurrent episodes of genital herpes in immunocompetent and in HIV-infected adults, the reduction of transmission of genital herpes in immunocompetent adults, and the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles) in immunocompetent adults.

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company.  The Company is engaged in the development and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health.  Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets.

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