Gensia Laboratories Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of GensiaPharmaceuticals Inc., said it has received FDA marketingapproval for intravenous sodium nitroprusside.

Sodium nitroprusside is a cardiovascular drug used toimmediately reduce blood pressure in hypertensive crises andfor producing controlled hypotension during anesthesia toreduce bleeding, according to the San Diego parent company(NASDAQ: GNSA).

The Irvine, Calif., subsidiary now has 16 approved abbreviatednew drug applications covering 12 generic drugs.

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