Posted from: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 10:03 AM - Present

Namenda Immediate-Release Tablets to Stay on Market

May 22, 2015 – An appeals court upheld an injunction requiring Actavis to continue distribution of Namenda (memantine) immediate-release (twice-daily) tablets until August 10, 2015. Namenda as well as Namenda XR extended-release (once-daily) capsules are both used to treat moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Forest, which is now a subsidiary of Actavis, had planned to discontinue Namenda tablets which would have required patients to switch from Namenda tablets to Namenda XR capsules.  In December 2014, a judge issued a preliminary injunction requiring that Namenda tablets remain on the market until 30 days after generics are available.  Several versions of generic Namenda are expected to be available on July 11, 2015.  The ruling by the appeals court upheld that injunction.

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