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 + Lomb’s PreserVision supplement sales grew 17% in Q3, driving 11% growth its US consumer health business. CEO Joseph Papa says Bausch is “making great progress and expect the internal organization design” of its planned spin-off of Bausch + Lomb to be completed in a year.
Approval of Alaway Preservative Free (ketotifen fumarate, 0.035) comes 15 months after FDA submitted a complete response letter to Bausch and the active ingredient developer, Eton Pharmaceuticals.
Sales of its segment leaders Ocuvite and PreserVision vision health supplements, Lumify OTC eye drops and other consumer lines were down a reported 13% to $321m in the second quarter.