MDRNA this week said that Par Pharmaceuticals has agreed to purchase its manufacturing facilities in Hauppauge, NY, as well as its abbreviated new drug application for generic calcitonin-salmon nasal spray, for an undisclosed amount.

The agreement, which eliminates all of MDRNA's non-RNAi expenses, "represents the final step in our plan to create a company solely focused in the research and development of RNAi-based therapeutics," Michael French, president and CEO of MDRNA, said in a statement.

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