2002 strong year for generic approvals

Generic approvals for the first time in 2002.


2002 strong year for generic product approvals


The year 2002 proved to be overwhelmingly positive for generic product approvals. January started out very strong, with a record number of approvals according to Totowa, N.J.-based E.W. Thwaite Associates Inc. In February 2002, there were 41 chemical and 74 dosage form approvals. Approvals in March dipped slightly but climbed back up in April and May. June approvals dropped and picked back up again in July. August and September were slightly weaker, but the year ended on an upbeat note with October, November, and December coming on strong. In December, there were 26 chemical and 46 dosage form approvals. The chart below lists the generic agents that were approved for the first time in 2002.


Generic nameManufacturer
Albuterol extended-release tablets, 4 mg, 8 mgSidmak
Amantadine HCl tablets, 100 mgUpsher-Smith
Amcinonide cream, lotion, and ointment, USP 0.1%Altana, Taro
Amiodarone HCl injection, 50 mg/mlAbbott, APP, Bedford, Ben Venue, Bioniche, Faulding
Ammonium lactate cream or lotion, 12% (base)Clay-Park Labs, Paddock
Amoxicillin for oral suspension, USP 200 mg/5 ml, 400 mg/5 mlRanbaxy, TEVA
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium for oral suspension, USP 200 mg/28.5 mg (base)/5 ml, 400 mg/57 mg (base)/5 mlGeneva, Lek
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium tablets, USP 500 mg/125 mg (base), 875 mg/125 mg (base) chewable tablets, USP 200 mg/28.5 mg (base), 400 mg/57 mg (base)Geneva, Lek, Ranbaxy, TEVA
Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (total mixed salts), 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mgBarr
Ampicillin and sulbactam for injection, USP 1.5 gm (1 gm/500 mg); 3 gm (2 gm/1 gm); 15-gm pharmacy bulk package (10 gm/5 gm)ESI Lederle
Calcitriol injection, 0.001 mg/ml, 0.002 mg/mlAPP
Carbamazepine chewable tablets, USP 200 mg (new strength)Taro
Cefaclor extended-release tablets, USP 375 mg, 500 mgTEVA
Cefpodoxime proxetil for oral suspension, 50 mg (base)/5 ml, 100 mg (base)/5 mlRanbaxy
Cefuroxime axetil tablets, USP 125 mg (base), 250 mg (base), 500 mg (base)Ranbaxy
Ciprofloxacin tablets, USP 100 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mgDr. Reddy’s
Clindamycin phosphate lotion, USP 1% (base) topical suspensionAltana
Cyclosporine capsules, USP 25 mg, 100 mgTorPharm
Desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol tablets, 0.15 mg/0.02 mg and 0.01 mg (28-day cycle)Barr
Diflorasone diacetate cream, USP 0.05% (emollient)Altana
Diltiazem HCl for injection, 100-mg vialsAbbott
Dimethyl sulfoxide irrigation, USP 50%Bioniche
Doxycycline tablets, 75 mg (new strength)Par
Econazole nitrate cream, 1%Altana, Taro
Ethosuximide capsules, USP 250 mgBanner
Fenofibrate capsules (micronized), 134 mg, 200 mgNovopharm
Fludrocortisone acetate tablets, USP 0.1 mgImpax
Flunisolide nasal solution, USP 0.025% (25 mcg/spray), 200 metered-spray containerBausch & Lomb
Hydrocortisone acetate cream, USP 2%Ferndale
Idarubicin HCl injection, 1 mg/ml (5 mg/5 ml, 10 mg/10 ml, 20 mg/20 ml single-dose vials); idarubicin HCl for injection USP 5-mg, 10-mg, 20-mg single-dose vialsGensia Sicor
Ifosfamide for injection, USP 1-gm, 3-gm single-dose vialsAPP
Ifosfamide injection/mesna injection kit, 50 mg/ml (1 gm/20 ml or 3 gm/60 ml) and 100 mg/ml (1 gm/10 ml), respectivelyGensia Sicor
Isotretinoin capsules, USP 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mgGenPharm, Ranbaxy
Ketoprofen, 12.5-mg tablets and capletsL. Perrigo
Levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP 0.1 mg/0.02 mg (21- and 28-day cycles)Barr
Levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP 0.025 mg, 0.05 mg, 0.075 mg, 0.088 mg, 0.1 mg, 0.112 mg, 0.125 mg, 0.15 mg 0.175 mg, 0.2 mg, 0.3 mgMylan
Lisinopril tablets, USP 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mgEon, Geneva, IVAX, Lek, Mylan, Par, Purepak Ranbaxy, TEVA, Watson, West-Ward
Lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, 10 mg/12.5 mg, 20 mg/12.5 mg, 20 mg/25 mgEon, Geneva, IVAX, Mylan, Purepac Ranbaxy, TEVA, Watson, West-Ward
Lithium carbonate extended-release tablets, USP 300 mgBarr, West-Ward
Loperamide HCl and simethicone chewable tablets, 2 mg/125 mgL. Perrigo
Mefloquine HCl tablets, 250 mgGeneva
Metformin hydrochloride tablets, 500 mg, 850 mg, 1 gmAndrx, Alphapharm, Barr, Caraco, Eon Geneva, GenPharm, Goldline, Mutual, Mylan Purepac, TEVA, TorPharm, Watson, Zenith
Midazolam HCl syrup, 2 mg (base)/mlRanbaxy, Roxane
Milrinone lactate injection, 1 mg (base)/ml, 10 mg (base)/10 ml, 20 mg (base)/20 ml, 50 mg (base)/50 ml single-dose vialsAbbott, APP, Baxter, Bedford ESI Lederle, Faulding, IMS
Milrinone lactate in 5% dextrose injection, 0.2 mg (base)/ml (100-ml or 200-ml single-dose containers for IV infusion)Abbott, Baxter, ESI Lederle
Misoprostol tablets, 0.1 mg, 0.2 mgIVAX
Mometasone furoate ointment, USP 0.1%Clay-Park Labs
Neomycin sulfate oral solution, USP 125 mg/5 mlPharma-Tek
Nifedipine extended-release tablets, USP 90 mgBiovail
Nizatidine capsules, USP 150 mg, 300 mgEon, GenPharm, Mylan, TEVA, Watson Zenith Goldline
Norethindrone tablets, USP 0.35 mg (28 tablets per blister card)Barr
Norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets, USP 0.5 mg/0.035 mg, 0.75 mg/0.035 mg, 1 mg/0.035 mg (21- and 28-day cycles)Barr
Norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg (28-day cycle)Barr
Ofloxacin injection, 40 mg/ml (10-ml single-dose vials)Bedford
Omeprazole delayed-release capsules, 10 mg, 20 mgEon, Impax, Kremers


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