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In Brief: Schering's Claritin-D

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Schering's Claritin-D: FDA approves a 24-hour extended-release tablet formulation Aug. 23. The company plans to launch the once-daily Rx antihistamine/decongestant combo (10 mg loratadine, 240 mg pseudoephedrine) in early September at an average wholesale price of $2.28 per day, equivalent to the price of a day's therapy with twice-daily Claritin-D. Claritin (loratadine) has been available since April 1993 and is the top-selling antihistamine in the U.S. It continues to show strong growth, with a gain of 38% to $347 mil. for the second quarter. Claritin-D 12-hour extended-release (5 mg loratadine, 120 mg pseudoephedrine) was approved in November 1994...

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