Perrigo's OTC Core Could Expand To Include National Brands
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet & The Rose Sheet
Submitting an OTC switch of Nasonex would be a first for Perrigo, as would marketing a national brand OTC if the switch is approved. In tandem with announcing divesture of Perrigo's Rx business, CEO Uwe Rohrhoff says marketing national brands in some OTC categories fits in the company's "value-creation road map."
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