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    FDA Approves Perrigo's Coated Nicotine Gum

    Comparable to Nicorette, the gum will be sold as store brands

    The Perrigo Co., of Allen, Mich., has received approval from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration to market over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum, similar to Nicorette, under store-brand labels.

    "Perrigo is committed to providing retail customers key new products for their store brand programs, and this approval is consistent with our strategy to invest in new product development," said John T. Hendrickson, executive vice president and general manager, Perrigo Consumer Healthcare. "We are pleased with this important addition to our store brand nicotine replacement therapy product offering, even though some sales may come at the expense of our uncoated gum products. First shipments are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2006.

    Retail sales for Nicorette coated gum were approximately $100 million in the past 12 months.

    The Perrigo Co. is a leading global healthcare supplier and the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutritional products for the store-brand market.

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