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Perrigo gets a “Chill”

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

FDA grants the Allegan, Mich.-based firm approval for a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's Fruit Chill-flavored Nicorette gum (nicotine polacrilex 2 mg) May 24. In 2006 Perrigo received generic approval for Nicorette Fresh Mint smoking cessation gum (1"The Tan Sheet" June 19, 2006, p. 13)...

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