Santarus Announces Launch of ZEGERID OTC by Schering-Plough Consumer HealthCare

ZEGERID OTC Now Available on Retail Store Shelves in the U.S.

April 1, 2010, 9:15 a.m. EDT

SAN DIEGO, Apr 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Santarus, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Inc., the consumer healthcare subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., has commenced promotion of ZEGERID OTC(TM) (omeprazole 20 mg/sodium bicarbonate 1100 mg capsules) under its licensing agreement with Santarus for the over-the-counter (OTC) market in North America. The OTC heartburn market in the U.S. is estimated at approximately $1.8 billion based on data from market research firm Information Resources, Inc. and Santarus estimates.

Under the terms of the ZEGERID OTC license agreement, Santarus is entitled to a low double-digit royalty, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances, on net sales of any ZEGERID OTC products sold in North America. In turn, Santarus will be obligated to pay royalties to the University of Missouri on net sales of any such OTC products. Santarus also may be entitled to receive up to an additional $37.5 million in sales milestones.

ZEGERID OTC is the only OTC proton pump inhibitor (PPI) product with two active ingredients, omeprazole, a PPI, and sodium bicarbonate. The sodium bicarbonate acts as a buffer to raise the gastric pH and protect the omeprazole from acid degradation in the stomach and allows it to be absorbed. ZEGERID OTC is a 14-day course of treatment taken once daily as directed to treat frequent heartburn, defined as heartburn that occurs two or more days a week. For more information about ZEGERID OTC, visit (more…)


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