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GSK Flonase suit

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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GlaxoSmithKline has dropped its lawsuit disputing FDA's approval of generic Flonase (fluticasone propionate). GSK decided not to appeal the March 6 ruling of Baltimore federal court Judge Andre Davis that denied the firm's request for a preliminary injunction on the sale of the generic nasal spray. FDA's approval of the generic nasal spray Feb. 22 prompted GSK to file suit; the court granted the firm a temporary restraining order suspending FDA approval of the drug until March 6 (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 27, 2006, p. 4). GSK discontinued plans for an Rx-to-OTC switch of Flonase in favor of pursuing legal action against the sale of generics, and now says it has no plans to resume a switch program...

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