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Supreme Court ruling clears the way for another generic form of Actos

Filed October 26th, 2012 Joshua Sophy

Another generic version of the popular and controversial type 2 diabetes drug Actos is now available on the U.S. market.

According to a Bloomberg report, Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. was granted permission to immediately begin distributing its generic form of Actos, a drug designed to help diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. Watson had challenged a Food and Drug Administration order for the company to honor a brand exclusivity currently enjoyed by just a few approved makers of the generic form of Actos.

Millions of Americans are suffering from type 2 diabetes and the more illnesses that are confirmed daily only means more people will begin taking Actos, or its generic form, many likely unaware of the side effects of Actos.

In previous studies and based on lawsuits already filed, Actos has been blamed on causing serious side effects to recipients, including a risk of bladder cancer. The FDA issued an alert on this risk earlier this year but at the same time was preparing to allow select pharmaceutical companies to produce generic forms of the drug.

Watson challenged this FDA decision and finally had it upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the report this week. The order allows Watson to begin distributing its generic Actos medication immediately.

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