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Oct 24, 2006

New Formulation for Nexium Receives Authorization

  • AstraZeneca’s Nexium For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension has been approved for the treatment of GERD, including symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease, healing and maintenance of healing of erosive esophagitis, and risk reduction of NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. AstraZeneca expects that the new formulation will be available in the first quarter of 2007.

    Each packet of Nexium For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension contains either 20 mg or 40 mg of esomeprazole, the active ingredient used in Nexium Delayed-Release Capsules, explains AstraZeneca. The esomeprazole granules and inactive granules used in this formulation are mixed with water to form a suspension and are given by oral, nasogastric, or gastric administration.

    "Some patients with acid-related diseases have difficulties swallowing their oral medication when it is a solid pill," remarks Doug Levine, M.D., executive director, clinical development leader for Nexium. "This new prescription option to swallow an oral suspension of Nexium or to have it administered via a stomach tube provides these patients with an alternative method of administration that they can take instead of the Nexium capsule."

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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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