The FDA has approved Prevacid 24HR (lansoprazole delayed-release capsules, from Takeda), a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), as an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment for frequent heartburn. Prevacid 24HR will be available in a 15mg strength. Prevacid 30mg delayed-release capsules will continue to be available by prescription only.

Prevacid 24HR is expected to be made available OTC by Novartis in 2009.

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