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Wyeth Receives FDA Approval of Protonix for Delayed-Release Oral Suspension
Date:11/15/2007

A new alternative for patients with erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease

(GERD) who cannot swallow tablets

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Protonix(R) (pantoprazole sodium) For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension, a new addition to the Protonix family of prescription medications.

"The availability of Protonix For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension provides adult patients who cannot swallow tablets with an effective and convenient way to treat their erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)," says gastroenterologist Richard Lynn, MD, Senior Director, Global Medical Affairs for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Protonix is one of the leading treatments for patients with erosive GERD. The addition of Protonix For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension builds upon the successful Protonix family of products, which also includes Protonix Delayed- Release Tablets and Protonix I.V. For Injection. The new Protonix For Delayed- Release Oral Suspension provides comparable acid suppression to Protonix Tablets.

Protonix For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension can be administered orally in applesauce or apple juice, or through a nasogastric (NG) tube. Protonix For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension is indicated for the treatment and maintenance of healing of erosive esophagitis with associated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms. Controlled studies did not extend beyond 12 months.

The adverse reaction profile of Protonix For Delayed-Release Oral Suspension is similar to the established safety profile of Protonix Delayed- Release Tablets. In cl
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