Not a surprise, but news of additional erosion of Merck’s branded legacy drug franchises, Proscar® and Propecia®, here. This approval brings the total of approved generic versions to at least seven; none of which require a prescription, while Merck’s branded offerings still do. Ouch.
. . . .Generic drug maker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has received regulatory approval for a drug designed to treat an enlarged prostate and hair loss in men. . . . Sun Pharma’s finasteride tablets in the 5-mg strength were approved on Aug. 16.
Finasteride is the generic equivalent of Proscar and Propecia, which are made by Merck. . . .
So it goes — as the industry-wide generic/off-patent cliff approaches. Lipitor® (at Pfizer) is next up; the $12 billion a year franchise goes generic in about two months’ time.