Perrigo announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the abbreviated New Drug Application for its over-the-counter (OTC) diclofenac sodium topical gel 1% for the temporary relief of arthritis pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, foot, ankle or knee in adults ≥18 years old.

Diclofenac sodium topical gel will be marketed under a retailer store brand label as an alternative to the recently approved Voltaren® Arthritis Pain (GlaxoSmithKline) for nonprescription use. The OTC formulation contains the same amount of diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, as the prescription strength (10mg of diclofenac sodium per gram).

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Perrigo expects to launch the store brand equivalent of Voltaren Arthritis Pain later this year.

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