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Sandoz launches generic Augmentin XR

PRINCETON, N.J. Sandoz has launched a generic antibiotic for pneumonia and acute sinus infections, the generics arm of Swiss drug maker Novartis said Tuesday.

Sandoz said it launched amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium extended-release tablets, a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Augmentin XR, in the 1,000-mg/62.5-mg strengths. The tablets are used to treat community-acquired pneumonia and acute bacterial sinusitis. Sandoz said it was the first company to file a regulatory approval application for the drug with the Food and Drug Administration, entitling it to six months’ market exclusivity.

Augmentin XR had sales of $53 million during the 12-month period ending in January, according to IMS Health.

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