Retailers are promoting the over-the-counter status of heartburn medication Nexium. “Frequent heartburn making your summer uncool?” Walgreens wrote in a Facebook post. “The Purple Pill is now available over the counter. Stop in today and start living heartburn-free.” The FDA approved Nexium (esomeprazole) 24-Hour (20 mg) as an OTC product in March. A higher dose remains available by prescription only. Nexium works as an acid blocker, providing relief to many patients ...

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