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For Niaspan fans:

Barr has won tentative approval to market the first generic version of Kos Pharmaceutical's cholesterol drug Niaspan (niacin) 1000-mg extended-release tablets, the generic firm said this week.

In November 2001, Barr applied to the FDA challenging patents on the drug that had annual sales of about $70 million. Kos has sued Barr for patent infringement, and a trial is scheduled for December 2004 in federal court. [/quote]

Perhaps that will make Niaspan dosing more $$$ friendly in the future (currently $2-$4 a day.)

ps....Can anyone explain to me the difference between "extended release" and "sustained release"....they seem the same to me???

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