Abbott launches generic epilepsy drug into overcrowded Argentina market



Abbott last week launched its antiepileptic medicine Anacet (lacosamide), a generic version of UCB’s Vimpat, to the Argentina market. The oral drug is indicated as an adjuvant therapy against partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization in teenage and adult patients with epilepsy.

The exact way in which lacosamide works is still unclear, but it seems to reduce the activity of sodium channels that allow electrical impulses to be transmitted between nerve cells, and it is also thought to be involved in the development of nerve cells that have been damaged.

GBI analysis reveals that, within Latin America, Anacet is registered only in Argentina, where it will compete with UCB’s originator drug and three generics. This coexistence between Vimpat and generic products also occurs in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, while the Ecuador and Peru markets are dominated by generics.

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