Transcept Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has approved Intermezzo (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablets) for the treatment of insomnia characterized by middle-of-the-night waking followed by difficulty returning to sleep. This approval was based on data from two clinical trials involving more than 370 patients. In the studies, patients taking Intermezzo had a shorter time to fall back asleep after waking compared with patients taking a placebo.

Intermezzo is a Schedule C-IV substance.

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