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Novel sleep drug awaiting US approval

Intermezzo, a tablet that dissolves under the tongue, is designed to be absorbed rapidly to help people get back to sleep while not knocking them out for as long as a typical sleeping pill would. Intermezzo, a tablet that dissolves under the tongue, is designed to be absorbed rapidly to help people get back to sleep while not knocking them out for as long as a typical sleeping pill would.
July 14, 2011

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California-based Transcept Pharmaceuticals Inc. declined the most in almost two years after failing to win clearance for its first product, Intermezzo, the first drug to help people get back to sleep after they awake during the night. The product has been delayed because of Food and Drug Administration concerns about dosing and safety, including whether patients’ driving ability is affected the next day.