Naproxen/esomeprazole

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Naproxen/esomeprazole
Combination of
NaproxenNSAID
Esomeprazole magnesiumProton pump inhibitor
Names
Trade namesVimovo
Clinical data
Pregnancy
category
  • AU: C[1]
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)[1]
Routes of
use
By mouth
External links
AHFS/Drugs.comProfessional Drug Facts
Legal
Legal status

Naproxen/esomeprazole, sold under the brand name Vimovo, is a pain medication that is taken by mouth, with delayed release of esomeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI)"[2] and naproxen. It is approved in the United States for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.[3] The inclusion of a PPI is intended to decrease the risk of gastric ulcers from treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.[3]

It is available as a generic medication.[4] It was originally produced by AstraZeneca. In the United States it costs about 740 USD per month as of 2020.[5] The cost of the individual components; however, is about 23 USD for esomeprazole and 10 USD for naproxen.[6][7]

Side effects

Society and culture

Vimovo was acquired by the Ireland-based company, Horizon Pharma on November 19, 2013. AstraZeneca retained "ex-U.S. rights to VIMOVO".[2]

Cost

The medication cost in the U.S. for 60 tablets in delayed release tablet 20 mg-375 mg is $1,082 (USD)[8]

The cost of the naproxen and esomeprazole separately in 2017 was $40 a month. Horizon Pharma bills insurance companies $3,252 a month for Vimovo.[9] According to The Atlantic, "since 2014, Horizon Pharma’s net sales have been more than $455 million".[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Esomeprazole / naproxen (Vimovo) Use During Pregnancy". Drugs.com. 11 September 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Horizon Pharma Announces Agreement to Acquire U.S. Rights to VIMOVO(R) and Provides 2014 Guidance". Horizon Pharma, Inc. Deerfield, Illinois. November 19, 2013.(NASDAQ: HZNP)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "VIMOVO® (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium) Tablets". Horizon Pharma. nd. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  4. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/daf/index.cfm?event=overview.process&ApplNo=022511
  5. "Vimovo Prices, Coupons & Savings Tips". GoodRx. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  6. "Esomeprazole Prices, Coupons & Savings Tips". GoodRx. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  7. "Naproxen Prices, Coupons & Savings Tips". GoodRx. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  8. "Esomeprazole/naproxen Prices, Coupons & Patient Assistance Programs". Drugs.com. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Allen, Marshall (June 20, 2017). "How Two Common Medications Became One $455 Million Specialty Pill". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 20, 2017. After I was prescribed a brand-name drug I didn’t need and given a coupon to cover the out-of-pocket costs, I discovered yet another reason why Americans pay too much for health care.

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