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DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 2002
Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN) ("Elan") today announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE:WPI) ("Watson") for exclusive marketing rights to 30 mg and 60 mg dosage strengths of its extended-release nifedipine ("nifedipine ER") tablets in the United States.
Nifedipine ER is the generic version of Bayer AG's Adalat CC product and is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
"This agreement represents an important step in leveraging value from Elan's drug delivery products and implementing our asset divestiture program" commented Garo Armen, Ph.D., chairman of Elan. "Under the terms of this agreement, Elan will receive an up-front payment upon Watson's launch of nifedipine ER in addition to ongoing manufacturing payments from Watson."
The agreement enables Elan to bring its nifedipine ER 30 mg and 60 mg products to the market through Watson, and satisfies Elan's settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced on June 27, 2002, reflected in an Agreement Containing Consent Order ("Consent Agreement"). Elan will continue to manufacture and supply Biovail Corporation ("Biovail") with nifedipine ER 30 mg for distribution through its distributor Teva Pharmaceuticals. When Biovail is able to manufacture its own nifedipine ER 30 mg (or until May 31, 2003, whichever comes first), Elan will stop supplying Biovail with the drug. Thus, consumers of nifedipine ER will continue to benefit from competition under the new arrangement contained in the FTC Consent Agreement, as they had under the existing arrangement.
Elan is focused on the discovery, development, manufacturing, selling and marketing of novel therapeutic products in neurology, pain management and autoimmune diseases. Elan shares trade on the New York, London and Dublin Stock Exchanges.
This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements by Elan that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect the company's judgement as of the date of this release. Actual events or results may differ from the company's expectations. For example, there can be no assurance that the nifedipine products will be successfully launched or marketed by Watson, or that Elan will be able to manufacture and supply adequate levels of the products to Watson. A further list of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in Elan's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2001, and in its Reports of Foreign Issuer on Form 6-K. Elan assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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