Watson Signs Exclusive Agreement to Distribute Authorized Generic Concerta®

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI) today announced that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., has entered into an exclusive agreement with Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OMJPI), to market the authorized generic version of Concerta® (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets).  Watson will launch its authorized generic of Concerta on May 1, 2011.  Concerta is indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Under the terms of the agreement, OMJPI will manufacture and exclusively supply Watson with all dosage strengths of the authorized generic product.  Watson will market and distribute the product in the United States.  OMJPI will receive a share of the net sales from Watson's sales of the product.  The agreement runs until the end of 2014.  During the term of the agreement, Watson will be permitted to continue to pursue U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for a generic version of Concerta and will be permitted to launch its own ANDA product at the conclusion of the exclusive supply agreement.  Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"This agreement ensures that consumers will benefit from a quality, cost effective product beginning in May 2011, removing any uncertainty of when a generic product could be approved," said Paul Bisaro, Watson's President and CEO.    

For the 12-months ending June 30, 2010, Concerta had sales of approximately $1.3 billion, according to IMS Health data.

About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company.  The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on Urology and Women's Health.  Watson has operations in many of the world's established and growing international markets.

For press release and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals' Web site at http://www.watson.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

Statements contained in this press release that refer to non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Watson's current perspective of existing information as of the date of this release. It is important to note that Watson's goals and expectations are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Watson's current expectations depending upon a number of factors, risks and uncertainties affecting Watson's business. These factors include, among others, the impact of competitive products and pricing; the timing and success of product launches; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the availability and pricing of third party sourced products and materials; successful compliance with FDA and other governmental regulations applicable to Watson and its third party manufacturers' facilities, products and/or businesses; changes in the laws and regulations, including Medicare and Medicaid, affecting among other things, pricing and reimbursement of pharmaceutical products; and such other risks and uncertainties detailed in Watson's periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Watson's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,2009 and Watson's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2010. Except as expressly required by law, Watson disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Concerta® is a registered trademark of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Patty Eisenhaur

(973) 355-8141


Charlie Mayr

(973) 355-8483

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100121/LA41294LOGO)

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100121/LA41294LOGO)

SOURCE Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.