PITTSBURGH and TORONTO, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced that its Canadian subsidiary, Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC, has received approval from Health Canada for Mylan-Bosentan Tablets, 62.5 mg and 125 mg. Mylan-Bosentan is the generic version of Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s Tracleer®, used for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension(1). According to IMS Health, Bosentan Tablets had Canadian sales of approximately $37.8 million(2) for the 12 months ending March 31, 2012.
"Providing Canadians access to high quality, affordable medicines is our primary goal," said Dick Guest, Mylan Canada's President and CEO. "By providing access to more affordable generic drugs, Mylan helps to reduce the burden on our health care system, benefiting all Canadians."
Currently, Mylan Canada has 38 product applications pending Health Canada approval. These 38 products represent $2.6 billion in annual sales for the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, according to IMS Health.
In Canada, generic drugs cost consumers an average of 60% less than their brand name counterparts.
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(1) Bosentan should not be taken by people who are allergic or women who are pregnant or could become pregnant, as it may cause birth defects. Bosentan has also been reported to affect the liver, including rare reports of hepatic cirrhosis and liver failure, and requires periodic monitoring of liver enzymes. Caution should be used in patients with liver disease, chronic heart failure and low blood pressure.
(2) All sales figures are in Canadian dollars.
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