PHARMACISTS APPLAUD ALEVE APPROVAL

Supermarket pharmacists greeted the news that the Food and Drug Administration had approved low-dose naproxen sodium as a general-purpose analgesic with enthusiasm. Most think this latest switch from prescription to over-the-counter status will be a big seller.The new OTC analgesic, named Aleve, contains 200-milligram naproxen and 20-milligram sodium. It was approved by FDA Jan. 11, and is being manufactured

Supermarket pharmacists greeted the news that the Food and Drug Administration had approved low-dose naproxen sodium as a general-purpose analgesic with enthusiasm. Most think this latest switch from prescription to over-the-counter status will be a big seller.

The new OTC analgesic, named Aleve, contains 200-milligram naproxen and 20-milligram sodium. It was approved by FDA Jan. 11, and is being manufactured by Syntex, Palo Alto, Calif., and marketed by Procter & Gamble, Cincinna

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