Par Pharmaceutical Begins Shipment of Generic Accolate®

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PRX) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with AstraZeneca in the U.S. to distribute the authorized generic version of AstraZeneca's Accolate® (zafirlukast).  Par began shipping 10 mg and 20 mg strengths of zafirlukast tablets on Friday, November 19, 2010.  According to IMS Health data, annual sales in the U.S. for Accolate are approximately $50 million.

Important information about zafirlukast tablets

Zafirlukast tablets are indicated for the prophylaxis and chronic treatment of asthma in adults and children 5 years of age and older.

Zafirlukast tablets are contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to zafirlukast or any of its inactive ingredients.

About Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.

Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. is a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company.  Through its wholly-owned subsidiary's two operating divisions, Par Pharmaceutical and Strativa Pharmaceuticals, it develops, manufactures and markets higher-barrier-to-entry generic drugs and niche, innovative proprietary pharmaceuticals.  For press releases and other company information, visit

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