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Proton Pump Inhibitor DEXILANT(TM) (dexlansoprazole) Now Available in U.S. Pharmacies
Date:4/26/2010

DEERFIELD, Ill., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. today announced that DEXILANT™ (dexlansoprazole) delayed release capsules are now available in United States (U.S.) pharmacies. Takeda recently announced that the product trade name for dexlansoprazole in the U.S. would be changed from KAPIDEX™ to DEXILANT. The formulation, indication and approved dosages of DEXILANT remain the same as that of KAPIDEX, which was originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2009. After receiving reports of dispensing errors with KAPIDEX, Takeda, in coordination with the FDA, determined that in the interest of patient safety a name change would be the best way to minimize future errors.  

DEXILANT is a once-daily, oral medication indicated for the treatment of heartburn associated with symptomatic non-erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the healing of erosive esophagitis (EE) and the maintenance of healed EE. DEXILANT is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) with a Dual Delayed Release™ (DDR) formulation designed to provide two separate releases of medication.

"Takeda's response to this situation further demonstrates our commitment to patient safety. We are working to ensure a seamless transition from KAPIDEX to DEXILANT to mitigate any disruption to patient care," said Tim Rudolphi, vice president of marketing at Takeda. "Over the past several months, we conducted a comprehensive communication plan to educate pharmacists, reaching out to more than 45,000 pharmacies, and other health care professionals, including all major prescription insurers and drug wholesalers, about the name change. Today we will begin expanding these efforts to also reach consumers."
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