Warner Chilcott announces FDA approval of next generation Actonel

Warner Chilcott plc (Nasdaq: WCRX) today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its next generation ACTONEL® (risedronate sodium) product for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis in the United States.  The product will be marketed as ATELVIA™ (risedronate sodium) delayed-release tablets.  

"The approval of ATELVIA represents an exciting addition to the ACTONEL franchise, as well as our women's healthcare product portfolio.  We believe the dosing convenience of ATELVIA sets it apart from other treatment options for osteoporosis patients and provides an opportunity to regain market share in the U.S. in this segment," said Roger Boissonneault, President and CEO of Warner Chilcott.

The Company anticipates the commercial launch of ATELVIA in early 2011.

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