FOREST' FISCAL 85 SALES OF DALALONE D.P., BANCAP HC WERE $5 2
FOREST' FISCAL 85 SALES OF DALALONE D.P., BANCAP HC WERE $5 2 mil., representing 20% of total sales and research revenues, the company announced in its recently issued 1985 annual report. The two products, which were acquired last fall when Forest purchased O'Neal, Jones & Feldman in an $8.3 mil. stock deal, helped boost corporate revenues to $25.8 mil., a 19.5% increase over the previous fiscal year ending March 31. In May the company announced its acquisition of Gilbert Labs for $10 mil. in Forest stock, and with it the headache combo Esgic. At the time of the Esgic acquisition, the product's sales volume was roughly $3 mil. annually. Referring to the growth potential for the three products, Forest President Howard Solomon noted: "We believe that growth potential can be accelerated. Esgic, for example, has never been detailed to physicians -- - its growth has been achieved solely through mail promotion. On the other hand, Dalalone D.P. and Bancap HC have not benefitted from mail promotion or a wide range of marketing techniques which are currently available." The report indicated that the U.S. sale of products under distribution and licensing arrangements with Upjohn, Sandoz and Syntex may begin soon. Paragraph"We hope that controlled release Mellaril, which we developed for Sandoz will be approved this year, and that our buccal nitroglycerin products will be marketed in the U.S. this year," the report stated. The latter product was recently declared DESI-effective for prevention and treatment of angina ("The Pink Sheet" July 8, T&G-4). "Next year may see approval for our long acting Motrin, followed by Ansaid, both nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories to be marketed by Upjohn," the company said. According to the report, Forest anticipates "several filings" with the FDA this year, with some products developed for other companies and some for marketing by the firm's 80-man detail force. The company maintains that Synchron, its controlled release technology, "continues to perform exceptionally well. . . we are currently setting up a program of expanded use with other active ingredients."
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