Amneal launches first generic equivalent to Lexapro in liquid form

March 23, 2012

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched escitalopram oxalate oral solution in 5 mg/5 mL strength, the first generic of antianxiety/antidepressant Lexapro (Forest) in liquid form on the market

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched escitalopram oxalate oral solution in 5 mg/5 mL strength, the first generic of antianxiety/antidepressant Lexapro (Forest) in liquid form on the market. 

Annual US sales of Lexapro Oral Solution are $7.3 million according to December 2011 IMS Health market data. 

Escitalopram oxalate oral solution is available in an 8-fl. oz./240-mL bottle that does not require refrigeration. The clear, pale yellow liquid comes in peppermint flavor.

“As a first-to-market generic, escitalopram oxalate oral solution provides a significantly less-expensive alternative to the brand pharmaceutical, especially for patients in hospitals and managed care who cannot swallow oral solids,” Chirag Patel, Amneal’s president, told Formulary.  “This product helps reduce expenses for the patient, reduces the overall cost of healthcare, and improves pharmacy margins.  Everyone gains in that equation.”