FDA approves Watson diarrhea drug


PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for diarrhea made by Watson, the company said Tuesday.

Watson announced the approval of vancomycin hydrochloride capsules in the 125-mg and 250-mg strengths. Vancomycin hydrochloride is used to treat diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile and enterocolitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains.

The drug is a generic version of ViroPharma's Vancocin, which had sales of $332 million during the 12-month period ended in February, according to IMS Health.

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