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OTC Nicorette smoking cessation gum to launch in Japan this year following Ministry of Health's approval for non-Rx sale June 20, company announces. Only original flavor will be sold initially. Nicorette is first OTC cessation product approved in Japan, Pharmacia says. Firm cites 1999 statistics showing almost 53% of Japanese men, 12% of women smoke. Takeda Chemical Industries will distribute gum (1"The Tan Sheet" May 21, In Brief)

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Japanese firms' formation of joint holding company will create third largest drug maker in Japan with combined OTC sales of roughly $1.54 bil. Decision reflects "intensifying competition in the pharmaceutical industry" and "rapid changes in the business environment," firms say Sept. 17. Agreement comes on heels of GSK's July deal with Taisho to sell Nicoderm CQ in Japan (1"The Tan Sheet" July 2, In Brief). Companies will join forces April 2002, and by next October, Taisho - Japan's top OTC producer - will absorb Rx leader Tanabe's smaller OTC business; Tanabe will integrate Taisho's Rx operations

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