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Map Shares Up After New Drug Application Accepted

Fri, 11/23/2012 - 2:28pm
The Associated Press

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Shares of drug developer MAP Pharmaceuticals Inc. gained Nov. 23 after encouraging regulatory news on what could become the company's first approved product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted the company's application for approval to sell its experimental migraine drug, Levadex, MAP said. MAP hopes to launch the drug next year.

Levadex would become the Mountain View, Calif., company's first product, potentially giving MAP steady revenue. MAP is developing Levadex through a partnership with Allergan Inc.

In March, the FDA said it could not approve Levadex until the company addressed concerns related to manufacturing and other issues. But the resubmitted application responds to the issues raised by the FDA, MAP said late on Wednesday. The agency will aim to approve the drug, or not, by April.

Levadex could provide annual sales of as much as $500 million if it's approved, said J.P.Morgan analyst Jessica Fye in a research note. She is optimistic about its chances of approval.

Source: The Associated Press

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