The FDA has approved Kapidex (dexlansoprazole, fromTakeda)  delayed release capsules for the treatment of heartburn associated withsymptomatic non-erosive Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), the healing oferosive esophagitis (EE), and the maintenance of healed EE.  The approval isbased on two identically designed, double-blind, eight-week, randomized,controlled trials in which Kapidex (60mg) produced high overall healing ratesfor EE at week eight when compared to lansoprazole 30mg and was generallywell-tolerated.

Kapidex is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that utilizes aDual Delayed Release (DDR) formulation designed to provide two separate releasesof medication.  It will be available in 30mg and 60mg dosagestrengths.

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