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New drug for insomnia approved

/ Source: The Associated Press

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.