LARGO, Fla., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeoPharma, Inc. today announced that Belcher Pharmaceuticals, Inc, wholly owned subsidiary of GeoPharma, Inc, has filed a patent on a novel method to stabilize the drug levothyroxine in a liquid form. Due to its novel form, one liquid dosage strength will replace up to 11 tablet strengths; which means distributors can eliminate from their shelves up to 11 strengths of the same drug. Additionally, the patent covers pediatric, geriatric, and veterinarian use. Levothyroxine Sodium is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States with over 13 million patients. Levothyroxine Sodium, sold under the brand names Synthroid(R) (Abbott Laboratories), the second most prescribed drug in the United States and Levoxyl(R) (Mylan Laboratories), Soloxine(R) is used to treat hypothyroidisms and other thyroid disorders in humans and animals. The U.S. market for Levothyroxine Sodium Tablets is estimated to be approximately $1.3 billion in annual sales.
Belcher has commenced commercial production of stabilized levothyroxine sodium liquid and expects sales in the veterinarian channels by March 2005. "This is the second patent filed on the stabilization of Levothryroxine sodium as well as the third drug patent filed by Belcher. Successful completion of this project proves once again our technical capability and also our ability to look for new opportunities" says Dr. Kotha Sekharam, inventor and President of GeoPharma Inc.
GeoPharma, Inc. manufactures, packages, repackages and distributes a wide array of health-related products. GeoPharma, Inc. is comprised of the contract manufacturing entity, Innovative Health Products and its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Belcher Pharmaceuticals and Breakthrough Engineered Nutrition. Innovative Health Products custom manufactures high quality nutraceuticals, dietary and other nutritional supplements. Belcher Pharmaceuticals is an FDA registered plant that manufactures and distributes over-the-counter and generic drugs. Breakthrough Engineered Nutrition acts as the brand management and distribution arm of GeoPharma. Breakthrough distributes its own brands of convenience foods for consumers following low-sugar, low-carb and overall healthy lifestyles. Breakthrough's brands, CarbSlim and Lean Protein are distributed nationwide in both mass retail and specialty outlets. For more about GeoPharma, Inc. go to our websites at http://www.onlineihp.com/, http://www.leanprotein.com/ and http://www.carbslim.com/.
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