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United Therapeutics zeroes in on new business lines in wake of generic competition

Sara Gilgore
United Therapeutics zeroes in on new business lines in wake of generic competition

United Therapeutics Corp. suffered its first major blow from generic competition as sales of its pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, Adcirca, plummeted in the first quarter of this, driving the company to eye new business lines to make up for the hit. The Silver Spring biotech's first-quarter total revenue was dragged down about 7%, to $362.6 million from $389.2 million in the same period last year. United Therapeutics (NASDAQ: UTHR) sold fewer bottles of the Adcirca tablets after its patent expired and a generic version of the drug hit the market in August, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.