updated 12/16/2004 2:46:42 PM ET 2004-12-16T19:46:42

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a new drug for people with insomnia.

The agency approved the sale of Lunesta, made by the pharmaceutical company Sepracor, for both chronic and occasional insomnia, a problem for millions of people.

Lunesta was approved after clinical trials lasting more than a year showed it remained effective even when taken over time.

The drug, taken as a pill, is non-narcotic, the company reported, and helps people remain asleep all night, not just to fall asleep.

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