Bausch Shines Planned Spin-Out, Launches First US Preservative-Free OTC Antihistamine Eye Drops
Bausch + Lomb’s Alaway Preservative-Free antihistamine eye drops launch in US, The Bausch Health Companies division planned as spin-out also recently gained South Korean approval for its Lumify OTC redness reliever drops and has submissions under review in other countries.
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Bausch Health CEO Joseph Papa will move over to head separate Bausch + Lomb pure-play eye health business and is preparing a team for either a spin-off or initial public offering of the unit in the third quarter, the executive said during a first quarter earning call 4 May. Papa said a sale of the division, which includes consumer health eye drops and dietary supplements, is also possible.
B+L’s novel therapy for a subset of dry eye disease hits both sign and symptom endpoints in the first of two Phase III studies. The product could add value to a planned spinout.