ANTICIPATED RX TO OTC STOMACH REMEDY COULD SET ITSELF APART

LONDON -- The anticipated switch of Prilosec, an ulcer remedy, from prescription to over-the-counter in the second quarter of 2001 could change the landscape of the crowded stomach remedy market, industry observers believe.Produced by AstraZeneca here, the drug captured higher sales -- $2.85 billion -- than any other prescription medication for the first half of 1999, according to the F-D-C Report.Competition

LONDON -- The anticipated switch of Prilosec, an ulcer remedy, from prescription to over-the-counter in the second quarter of 2001 could change the landscape of the crowded stomach remedy market, industry observers believe.

Produced by AstraZeneca here, the drug captured higher sales -- $2.85 billion -- than any other prescription medication for the first half of 1999, according to the F-D-C Report.

Competition in the $1.6 billion remedies business, however, will be stiff from

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