Supermarkets expect to reap strong profits when the prescription stomach remedy Pepcid goes over-the-counter next month. The drug, which has been used to treat ulcers and other gastrointestinal illnesses, became available as a prescription item in 1986. Last month the Food and Drug Administration gave Johnson & Johnson/Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Fort Washington, Pa., the go ahead to produce and market a low dosage over-the-counter version of the medication under the Pepcid AC Acid ...
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