Alpharma

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received FDA clearance to sell a tablet form of the cholesterol and heart-disease treatment lovastatin.

The pills are a generic form of a drug manufactured by

Merck

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that is sold under the brand name Mevacor. Alpharma will market the tablets in 10-, 20- and 40-miligram doses as Purepac.

Alpharma's shares rose 34 cents to $24.24 Tuesday.