Teva Gets Tentative FDA Nod for Generic Aciphex

Drug is a generic version of Japanese company Eisai Co's acid pump inhibitor Aciphex tablets

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Thursday it was granted tentative U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Rabeprazole Sodium delayed-release tablets.

The drug is a generic version of Japanese company Eisai Co.'s acid pump inhibitor Aciphex tablets.

Annual sales of the branded product are about $1.2 billion, Teva said in a statement.

Teva, the world's largest generic drugmaker, said it was currently in patent litigation regarding the product in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Disctrict of New York.

A suit was brought against Teva in November of 2003 involving the product's patent. A trial date has not been set.

Final approval is expected upon a favourable decision in the case or the expiry of the mandatory stay of approval in February 2007, whichever is earlier.

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