FDA approves Actavis drug for opioid dependence

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for opioid dependence made by Actavis, the company said.

Actavis announced the approval of buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride dehydrate sub-lingual tablets in the 2 mg/0.5 mg and 8 mg/2 mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of Reckitt Benckiser's Suboxone, which had sales of about $625 million in 2012, according to IMS Health.