Pfizer Statement on U.S. FDA Approval of Over-the-Counter Nexium® 24HR
NEW YORK -- March 28, 2014
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter
Nexium^® 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg) marking a key step towards providing those
who suffer from frequent heartburn broader access to a brand doctors and
patients have trusted for years.
In 2012, Pfizer acquired exclusive global rights from AstraZeneca to market
non-prescription Nexium^®. The addition of Nexium^® 24HR to the Pfizer
Consumer Healthcare portfolio expands the breadth of categories in which we
help consumers better manage their health, and extends the value of the
world’s leading prescription acid blocker brand.
“Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to
non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their
own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” said Paul Sturman,
President, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of Nexium^® 24HR is a
significant milestone in executing against our plan.”
We continue to work closely with AstraZeneca and retail partners to make
Nexium^® 24HR available to consumers in the U.S., with other markets in Europe
expected to follow this year.
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Sally Beatty, 212-733-6566
Ryan Crowe, 212-733-8160
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