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OTC Zantac prevention claim for heartburn, dyspepsia, indigestion proposed in U.K..

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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RANITIDINE OTC TO GAIN HEARTBURN PREVENTION INDICATION IN U.K., according to the Medicines Control Agency's twice-yearly consultation letter on proposals to amend the prescription-only medicines order, released July 24. "Ranitidine has been available as a pharmacy medicine for the short-term symptomatic relief of heartburn, dyspepsia, indigestion, acid indigestion and hyperacidity since 1994," the letter states. "In line with the [Committee on Safety of Medicines'] previous decisions on such substances, we propose to extend the availability of ranitidine as a pharmacy medicine for the prevention of these symptoms when consuming food or drink." Pharmacy medicines are sold behind-the-counter in the U.K.

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