ALLEGAN, Mich., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO;TASE) today announced that it has begun shipments of over-the-counter nicotine polacrilex mini lozenge USP, 2 mg (mint flavor) and 4 mg (mint flavor).
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This launch represents the first to market nicotine mini lozenge products for the store brand market. The mint flavored mini lozenges are marketed under retailer and wholesalers' store, or own brand labels and are comparable to GlaxoSmithKline's Nicorette® Mini Lozenge. The product is indicated to reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking. "This launch strengthens Perrigo's leading store brand position in smoking cessation products, which also includes coated and uncoated flavored gums and regular size lozenges," said Joseph C. Papa, Perrigo's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Nicorette® Mini Lozenge is selling at an annual rate estimated at over $30 million at all retail outlets.
From its beginnings as a packager of generic home remedies in 1887, Perrigo Company, based in Allegan, Michigan, has grown to become a leading global provider of quality, affordable healthcare products. The Company develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter ("OTC") and generic prescription ("Rx") pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and active pharmaceutical ingredients ("API") and is the world's largest manufacturer of OTC pharmaceutical products for the store brand market. Perrigo's mission is to offer uncompromised "quality, affordable healthcare products", and it does so across a wide variety of product categories primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel and Australia, as well as certain other markets throughout the world, including Canada, China and Latin America. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com).
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