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Lunesta Schedule IV Placement Effective Immediately, DEA Says

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The Drug Enforcement Administration's final rule designates Lunesta (eszoplicone) as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Sepracor planned to launch the insomnia agent on the day of the ruling.

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For the week ending April 15, the insomnia agent brought in 21,381 new scripts, resulting in a 5.1% market share, Sepracor said. "It looks like…the principal new Rxs are coming from [Sanofi-Aventis'] Ambien," the company said. Sepracor is planning to pursue labeling adaptations to increase Lunesta's market potential.

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