Jul 1, 2010

Exelon -- Watson Starts Selling Generic Alzheimer's Drug

By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Thursday it began selling a generic version of Novartis AG's Alzheimer's disease drug Exelon.

Watson said it started shipping generic exelon, or rivastigmine, in doses of 1.5, 3, 4.5, and 6 milligrams. The drug is used to treat dementia in Alzheimer's patients.

Watson said U.S. sales of Exelon were $425 million in the 12 months ended April 30.

Novartis, a Swiss drugmaker, agreed to let Watson launch a generic version of Exelon as part of a patent lawsuit settlement in December 2007.

In morning trading, Watson stock -- WPI -- slid 52 cents to $40.05 and Novartis shares rose 10 cents to $48.42.

Source: Bloomberg Business Week

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