January 14, 2014
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Akorn acquires Betimol from Santen

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Akorn has acquired the new drug application for and all rights to Betimol from Santen, according to a press release.

Akorn intends to begin distribution of Betimol (timolol ophthalmic solution 0.25% and 0.5%) in the first quarter of this year.

The transaction is expected to add $8 million to $9 million in revenues and $0.03 to $0.04 of adjusted net income per diluted share for Akorn in 2014, the release said.

In November, Akorn acquired from Merck the U.S. rights to three branded ophthalmic products: AzaSite (azithromycin ophthalmic solution), Cosopt (dorzolamide hydrochloride-timolol maleate ophthalmic solution) and Cosopt PF (dorzolamide hydrochloride 2%-timolol maleate 0.5% ophthalmic solution).