Pazeo Eye Drops Approved
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Pazeo (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) 0.7% for once-a-day use to relieve allergic conjunctivitis (itchy eyes caused by allergies). Pazeo is manufactured by Alcon, the ophthalmology division of Novartis.
Pazeo is a successor to Alcon’s older eye drops, Pataday (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) 0.1% and Patanol (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) 0.2%. Pataday is used once daily and Patanol is used twice daily, and both are nearing the end of patent protection. Pazeo is expected to be launched in March 2015.
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