A nonprescription version of Nexium, the most popular medicine for frequent, severe heartburn, has just gone on sale.
Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday said that over-the-counter Nexium 24HR is available for online orders at www.Nexium24HR.com
and will be in most retailers nationwide within three days.
The nonprescription version is a 20-milligram dose of "the purple pill," known chemically as esomeprazole.
Patients are to take one pill daily for up to 14 days, so it`s sold in packages of 14, 28 or 42 pills, priced at about USD 15 to USD 30. Prescription Nexium, which will still be available in 20- and 40-milligram strengths, costs USD 260 a month or more, without insurance coverage.