PANEL OKS TAGAMET OTC FOR HEARTBURN

WASHINGTON -- Supermarket retailers may be welcoming Tagamet, a popular prescription medication, to their over-the-counter shelves as early as August.Tagamet, manufactured by SmithKline Beecham, Pittsburgh, took a big step toward OTC status when a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee approved it for over-the-counter sale late last month. The prescription ulcer drug will be marketed in a

WASHINGTON -- Supermarket retailers may be welcoming Tagamet, a popular prescription medication, to their over-the-counter shelves as early as August.

Tagamet, manufactured by SmithKline Beecham, Pittsburgh, took a big step toward OTC status when a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee approved it for over-the-counter sale late last month. The prescription ulcer drug will be marketed in a low-dosage form for the treatment of heartburn.

The next step for Tagamet is to

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