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
Surman, President, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. "The FDA approval of
Nexium® 24HR is a significant milestone in executing against
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.
Pfizer Inc: Working together for a healthier world™
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies
to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive
to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery,
development and manufacture of health care products. Our global
portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's
best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues
work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness,
prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases
of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's
premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with
health care providers, governments and local communities to support and
expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For
more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who
rely on us. To learn more, please visit us at www.pfizer.com.
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