Sanofi Licenses OTC Tamiflu From Roche To Attempt First US Flu Treatment Switch
Sanofi consumer health chief Alan Main says with the US the largest OTC drug market, a successful switch for Tamiflu, marketed in the US by Roche subsidiary Genentech, would support the firm's global strategy for expanding cough and cold remedy sales.
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Sanofi says slower sales after consumers stockpiled cold and cough products in Q1 combined with OTC Zantac removal US and Canada drove 8% drop in consumer health care sales in Q2 to $1.18bn. Xyzal allergy brand had stellar results in the US and worldwide sales grew 76.9%.
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Sanofi eyes $1bn top line growth from OTC switches of ED drug Cialis and flu drug Tamiflu after they launch by 2026, says CEO Paul Hudson. Like switch consultants, though, he acknowledges the high bar for approval moving additional Rx ingredients to OTC.