Watson Approved for Generic Arthrotec

Watson announced that the FDA has approved Diclofenac Sodium and Misoprostol Delayed-Release Tablets, the generic equivalent to Pfizer's Arthrotec tablets.

Arthrotec is a combination drug indicated for osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients at high risk for developing NSAID-induced gastric or duodenal ulcers.  Diclofenac Sodium, an NSAID, exerts greater selectivity for COX-2 than COX-1 and is an effective analgesic, inflammatory agent. Misoprostol, a prostaglandin E1 analogue, is used in combination with diclofenac therapy to help protect against gastrointestinal ulceration.

Watson expects to launch this product in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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