DUBLIN, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) today announced that it has received final approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for the store brand OTC equivalent of Nexium® 24HR (esomeprazole magnesium) capsules. The company also announced that it has reached a settlement of patent litigation with AstraZeneca allowing for the store brand OTC equivalent of Nexium® 24HR (esomeprazole magnesium) capsules to launch in late September 2017. This product will be packaged and marketed as store brand or retailer 'own label' brand and will provide consumers with a high-quality, value alternative to Nexium® 24HR capsules.
Nexium® 24HR (esomeprazole magnesium) capsules are indicated to treat frequent heartburn (occurs 2 or more days a week). Approximate annual retail sales for the last 12 months were in excess of $300 million.
Perrigo Executive Vice President and President, Consumer Healthcare Americas Jeff Needham stated, "This final approval and upcoming launch demonstrates the tremendous capabilities of our leading store brand OTC platform. We are eager to finalize launch plans with our retail and wholesale partners to bring this major new product to consumers. Important product launches like the store brand equivalent of Nexium® 24HR capsules are what drive the Perrigo advantage by providing our customers, consumers and families with high quality, value alternatives in important treatment categories."
Perrigo Company plc, a leading global healthcare company, delivers value to its customers and consumers by providing Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®. Founded in 1887 as a packager of home remedies, Perrigo has built a unique business model that is best described as the convergence of a fast-moving consumer goods company, a high-quality pharmaceutical manufacturing organization and a world-class supply chain network. Perrigo is the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter ("OTC") healthcare products and supplier of infant formulas for the store brand market. The Company also is a leading provider of branded OTC products throughout Europe and the U.S., as well as a leading producer of "extended topical" prescription drugs. Perrigo, headquartered in Ireland, sells its products primarily in North America and Europe, as well as in other markets, including Australia, Israel and China. Visit Perrigo online at (http://www.perrigo.com).
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