Sandoz Canada launches two easy-to-use products: Salinex(R) Seawater nasal spray for daily care and Ezeva(TM) zinc oxide cream

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BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Dec. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandoz Canada announced today the launch of two easy-to-use products: Salinex® Seawater to help reduce symptoms of nasal congestion and Ezeva™ for the prevention and treatment of diaper rash. These products are available over-the counter in pharmacies and other retailers across Canada.

"We are proud to be adding Salinex® Seawater nasal spray for daily care and Ezeva™ zinc oxide cream to our growing list of over-the-counter (OTC) products responding to the needs of Canadian consumers," says Michel Robidoux, President of Sandoz Canada. "Both of these products have been developed to offer suitable, convenient and affordable treatment for two common health conditions and are in keeping with our goal of being a leader in improving the lives of people and creating a healthier future for Canadians."

Salinex® Seawater nasal spray for daily care is composed of 100% natural seawater and is designed to help reduce symptoms associated with colds and allergic rhinitis such as nasal congestion, when used as an adjuvant treatment. It also helps to smooth nose drainage by loosening secretions and moisturizing dry mucus. Employing "bag-on-valve" technology (i.e. not aerosol) it is available in a new 125 mL spray and in four formats: ultra-gentle mist for children over 2 years old and gentle stream, medium stream and full stream for adults.

Ezeva™ zinc oxide cream is a spray designed to help treat and prevent diaper rash in babies and incontinence-associated dermatitis in adults. Using patented spray-on technology, it ensures a thin and uniform application using only one hand and without skin contact for optimal hygiene. Ezeva™ is also fragrance free and contains no petroleum jelly. It is available in two formats, one for babies and one for adults. This is the first time that zinc oxide in a vaporizer format has been designed for adults.

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About Sandoz Canada

Established in Boucherville, Quebec, Sandoz Canada is part of Sandoz International GmbH, the world's second largest producer of generic drugs and a company of the Swiss multinational corporation, Novartis. A leader in its field, Sandoz Canada develops, produces, markets and distributes a wide range of generic products used, among others, in anesthesia, infectious diseases, oncology, dermatology, cardiology, and pain management. The Boucherville manufacturing plant specializes in the production of key injectable products.

About Sandoz

Sandoz, a division of Novartis, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals, driving sustainable access to high-quality healthcare. Sandoz employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and supplies a broad range of affordable, primarily off-patent products to patients and customers around the globe.

The Sandoz global portfolio comprises approximately 1,100 molecules, which accounted for 2014 sales of USD 9.6 billion. Sandoz holds the global #1 position in biosimilars as well as in generic anti-infectives, ophthalmics and transplantation medicines.

Nearly half of Sandoz's portfolio is in differentiated products – products that are scientifically more difficult to develop and manufacture than standard generics.

In addition to strong organic growth since consolidating its generics businesses under the Sandoz brand name in 2003, Sandoz has consistently driven growth in selected geographies and differentiated product areas through a series of targeted acquisitions.

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CONTACT: For further information: Sandoz Canada Annick Lambert +1 450 641 4903 ext. 2964 annick.lambert@sandoz.com Sandoz Global Communications Chris Lewis +49 8024 476 1906 chris.lewis@sandoz.com



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