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FDA okays Watson's flavored nicotine gum

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA approves Morristown, N.J.-based Watson Laboratories' sale of 2 mg and 4 mg nicotine polacrilex gum coated with fruit and cinnamon flavors. The name brand equivalent Nicorette Fruit Chill and Cinnamon Sugar Coated Gums helped GlaxoSmithKline sell more than $305 million of the gum in the 12 months ending March 29, Watson says in a July 8 release. FDA approved Watson's mint-flavored equivalent of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare's Nicorette gum in December 2008 (1"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 5, 2009, In Brief)

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