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Generic "Valtrex" on the Immediate Horizon

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Mylan on the Generic Attack

It was a busy day for generic drugmaker Mylan Laboratories (NYSE: MYL), which announced four separate news releases today. First came news of a management shakeup in conjunction with its acquisition of Indian generic drugmaker Matrix Laboratories. Mylan followed that up with two more approvals -- one to market a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's (NYSE: GSK) antiviral herpes treatment Valtrex, and another to market a generic version of Alza's Duragesic pain patch. (Alza is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).)

But it is the news that a piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate yesterday that might have the biggest effect on Mylan and competitors like Barr Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: BRL), and the future of the generic-drug industry as a whole. This legislation would outlaw the practice of pharmaceutical companies launching authorized generic versions of their branded drugs.

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Tentative FDA Approval for Teva Pharmaceutical's Generic Valtrex

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) announced that it has received tentative approve for its generic version of Valtrex.

Manufactured by GlaxoKleinSmith, the patent for Valtrex expires in December and final approval for the generic version is expected at that time. Mylan Laboratories Inc. (NYSE:MYL) has also received tentative FDA approval for generic Valtrex. Valtrex is used in the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles), genital herpes and herpes labialis (cold sores).

Total sales of Valtrex were about $1.3 billion last year.


*note: the Valtrex patent expires in June 2009, not December of 2008. I believe that got an extension or that this article is incorrect.

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Doubt it'll be on the Walmart $4 list anytime soon. Those generic 200mg Acyclovir capsules due just as good a job as Valtrex.

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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      ANd eight hours is on a surface...on a towel who knows. The eight hours was a quote off a thread a long time ago of worst case senerio. Obviously it doesnt survive double touching unless its some weird arse almost immediate thing off a shedding site and this is all WORST case scenerio. HSV shouldnt be treated with stigma...but for everyones well being it should be treated as carefully as poss. It is a highly contagious condition and can be difficult to diagnose and GP's will let you walk away thinking you are clear when you are not if you do not do your due diligence.    

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      I have seen your advise on a few threads and to be honest while I am over careful at times you are not careful enough. This can absolutely happen and people should be well aware of the fact to prevent it from happening. I supposedly have good immunity on labs too. You just cant tell who will pick it up. It can live on surfaces for up to eight hours and towels that are wet and warm and that make micro abrasions when rubbed on skin are ways that transmission that can occur. You will often find out more by spending many hours reading on threads than your doctors. SO no it doesn't always just involve a cut on the skin. How do you think people get it else where.

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      it happened to me i think i should know.; someone caught it off me off a towel. it bloody well happens.
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      This is total BS and scaremongering. Please study further on here and elsewhere to learn a few more facts. 
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      What about the side effects?

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