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Perrigo Receives FDA Approval for Butoconazole Nitrate 2 Percent Vaginal Cream

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ALLEGAN — Perrigo Co. (Nasdaq: PRGO) announced that it has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its abbreviated new drug application for butoconazole nitrate 2% vaginal cream, the generic equivalent of Gynazole·1.

Perrigo was the first applicant to submit a substantially complete ANDA with a paragraph IV certification and is entitled to 180-days of marketing exclusivity. Perrigo is working exclusively with KV Pharmaceutical Company on a collaboration to launch the product by the end of calendar year 2012.

Gynazole·1 (butoconazole nitrate) vaginal cream, 2%, is indicated for the local treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis (infections cause by Candida). Prior to the voluntary discontinuation of the product in January 2009 due to manufacturing issues at KV Pharmaceutical, Gynazole·1 annual sales were approximately $28 million, as measured by Wolters Kluwer Health.

“This approval once again exemplifies how our robust research and development abilities in the areas of creams, foams, gels and liquids translate into new product approvals,” said Perrigo chairman, president and CEO Joseph C. Papa. “Perrigo is committed to making quality healthcare more accessible and affordable for our customers.”

Perrigo develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter and generic prescription  pharmaceuticals, infant formulas, nutritional products, and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products and infant formulas, both for the store brand market. The company’s primary markets and locations of manufacturing and logistics operations are the United States, Israel, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Australia. Visit Perrigo at www.perrigo.com.

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