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April 14, 2006

New Form Approved for Alcoholism Drug

WASHINGTON, April 13 (AP) — A once-a-month injection to treat alcoholism won federal approval Thursday, expanding availability of a drug previously sold only in daily pill form.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, Vivitrol, which is made in an injectable form by Alklermes of Cambridge, Mass. Cephalon of Frazer, Pa., will market and sell it.

The companies hope monthly injections of the drug, to be administered at a doctor's office, will prove an easier regimen for alcoholics to follow than the daily pill. The drug is to be used in conjunction with counseling or group therapy, the companies said.

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