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Prasco® Launches Authorized Generic Of Shire's Carbatrol®

CINCINNATI, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Prasco® Laboratories announced today it has entered into an agreement with Shire (NASDAQ: SHPGY) for the distribution in the U.S. of the Authorized Generic  version of Carbatrol® (Carbamazepine) Extended-Release Capsules in 100 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg strengths.

Carbamazepine Extended-Release Capsules are AB-rated, therapeutically equivalent and substitutable for the brand Carbatrol®. The product will be distributed in the U.S. under the Prasco label. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to provide Carbamazepine Extended-Release Capsules to pharmacists and consumers," said Prasco chief executive officer Christopher H. Arington. "As a Prasco Authorized Generic, Carbamazepine Extended-Release Capsules will provide patients with a therapeutically equivalent product to the brand."


Carbatrol is a medicine used to treat:
  • certain types of seizures (partial, tonic-clonic, mixed).
  • certain types of nerve pain (trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia).

Carbatrol is not a regular pain medicine and should not be used for aches or pains.

Important Safety Information

Do not stop taking Carbatrol without first talking to your doctor. Stopping Carbatrol suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).



Carbatrol may cause rare but serious rashes that may lead to death. These serious skin reactions are more likely to happen within the first four months of Carbatrol treatment but may occur at later times. These reactions can happen in anyone, but are more likely in people of Asian descent. If you are of Asian descent you may need a genetic blood test before you take Carbatrol to see if you are at a higher risk for serious skin reactions with this medicine.  Symptoms may include:
  • sk in rash
  • hives
  • s ores in your mouth
  • blistering or peeling of the skin


Carbatrol may cause rare but serious blood problems.  Symptoms may include:
  • f e v e r, sore throat or other infections that come and go or do not go away
  • eas y bruising
  • red or purple spots on your body
  • bleeding gums or nose bleeds
  • se v e re fatigue or weakness

Carbamazepine extended-release capsules, 100 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg, represent the latest product from Prasco in its expanding Authorized Generics portfolio. Carbatrol is registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For additional important information, click   here to see the Full Prescribing Information, INCLUDING BOXED WARNING, or visit

A b ou t Prasco Laboratories – Prasco, the Authorized Generics company, is a privately-held pharmaceutical company located in Mason, Ohio that specializes in Authorized Generics. Prasco authorized Generics provide patients with the identical brand drug experience at a price that competes with generics. Prasco Authorized Generics also simplify interactions between pharmacists and consumers because they are identical to branded drugs. Moreover, Prasco Authorized Generics offer brand pharmaceutical companies a strategic lifecycle management solution. For more information, visit

A b ou t Carbatrol


Carbatrol is a medicine used to treat:
  • certain types of seizures (partial, tonic-clonic, mixed).
  • certain types of nerve pain (trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia).

Carbatrol is not a regular pain medicine and should not be used for aches or pains.

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