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Cephalon gets OK to market sugar-free form of Actiq drug

Pennsylvania-based Cephalon Inc., which has a manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market a sugar-free formulation of its Actiq drug.

The new product will be launched in the first half of 2006.

Actiq contains medication used to treat "breakthrough" cancer pain. It is a single-use lozenge, attached to a handle, which delivers the medicine.

Cephalon has about 2,300 employees worldwide.