Covidien Announces Agreement with Purdue Pharma L.P. Enabling Launch of Oxycodone Hydrochloride Exte

Covidien , a leading global provider of healthcare products, announced that its subsidiary, Mallinckrodt Inc., has reached an agreement with Purdue Pharma L.P. to end a patent infringement lawsuit between them. In connection with the agreement, Purdue has agreed to grant Mallinckrodt a royalty-bearing license to sell limited quantities of oxycodone hydrochloride extended-release tablets for a limited period of time ending in 2009. As a result, Mallinckrodt expects to begin selling oxycodone hydrochloride extended-release tablets before the end of September 2008.

 The announcement follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Mallinckrodt's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for oxycodone hydrochloride extended-release Tablets in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg and 80mg dosage strengths, which was obtained on July 24, 2008. Mallinckrodt's oxycodone hydrochloride extended-release (ER) tablets are the generic pharmaceutical equivalent to OxyContin(R).(1)

"Developing effective treatments for pain management is a major challenge, but the benefit oxycodone hydrochloride ER tablets have shown in patients is evident," said Chuck Bramlage, President, Pharmaceutical Products, Covidien. "We are pleased to make this treatment option available to meet patient needs."

Covidien's Pharmaceutical Products business is the sixth largest generic drug manufacturer in the United States and is one of the fastest growing, with more than 100 million total prescriptions dispensed annually.(2)

"The launch of our oxycodone hydrochloride ER tablets is an important milestone that reinforces Covidien's commitment to developing products for pain management," added Bramlage.

As required by statute, the agreement is subject to review by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

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