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Prilosec May Soon Become Available Without Prescription

The prescription heartburn remedy Prilosec may soon become the first drug in in its class to be available without a prescription.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted 16-2 to recommend that over-the-counter sales of the drug be allowed. The FDA is not required to follow recommendations of its advisory committees, but it generally does.

If ultimately approved, Prilosec will be the only drug in its class, called proton pump inhibitors, sold without a prescription. It will battle for over- the-counter sales against antacids, like Rolaids and Tums, and acid reducers, that include Pepcid and Zantac.

Prilosec inhibits acid secretions in a different way from the other acid reducers.

Over-the-counter Prilosec use should be limited to two to three 14-day courses of the drug per year, panel members told the FDA.

Source: Medical Week staff, week of June 23, 2002



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