New Medication Update: Nexium® 24HR

Released: 05/27/2014   By: Carl Richie, Pharmacy Manager

Pfizer, Inc. has announced the introduction in the U.S. of over-the-counter (OTC) Nexium® 24HR. The active ingredient in Nexium® 24HR is esomeprazole 20mg, which is a part of a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs. Nexium® 24HR works by blocking acid at the source.

Nexium® 24HR is not AB rated. Physicians may consider prescribing Nexium® 24HR as an alternative to Nexium® 20mg. At this time, it is anticipated that a generic launch of Nexium® 40mg will occur later in 2014.

Over the next 30 days, Carlisle Medical will be contacting physicians to inform them that Nexium® 24HR is available. Management is our focus as we are deeply involved in evaluating generic usage, as well as alternative therapies. We provide this on an ongoing basis through our Prescription Review service.

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