NEW YORK (AP) -- Mylan Inc. said Wednesday it is now selling a generic version of the antidepressant Lexapro, which had U.S. sales of $2.9 billion in 2011.
The Pittsburgh company is selling tablets of Lexapro, or escitalopram, in strengths of 5, 10 and 20 milligrams. It will be the only company marketing a generic version of Lexapro until the patents protecting the drug's pediatric use expire.
The original version of Lexapro is made by Forest Laboratories Inc. of New York. The drug is approved as a treatment for depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Shares of Mylan gained 2 cents to $23.21 in morning trading. Forest Laboratories shares fell 18 cents to $32.52.