Leading the Way in Life Science Technologies

GEN Exclusives

More »

GEN News Highlights

More »
Dec 16, 2009

FDA Approves First Generic Version of Pfizer and Eisai’s Alzheimer Drug

  • FDA approved the first generic versions of Alzheimer drug Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride) orally disintegrating tablets. Donepezil hydrochloride is indicated for the treatment of dementia related to Alzheimer disease. The new generic tablets, manufactured by Mutual Pharmaceutical, have been approved in 5 mg and 10 mg strengths.

    In the U.S., Japan, and key markets in Europe, the product is co-promoted by Eisai and Pfizer. Pfizer reported $482 million in year-end revenue from Aricept for 2008 and $311 million for the first nine months of 2009.

    Aricept was discovered and developed by Eisai and approved by the FDA in 1996. It is a once-a-day treatment for mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer disease. Studies showed Aricept treats Alzheimer symptoms, slowing the loss of overall function and improving cognition.

     



Related content

Be sure to take the GEN Poll

Cancer vs. Zika: What Worries You Most?

While Zika continues to garner a lot of news coverage, a Mayo Clinic survey reveals that Americans believe the country’s most significant healthcare challenge is cancer. Compared to other diseases, does the possibility of developing cancer worry you the most?

More »