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Merck's Oxytrol Patch For Overactive Bladder Approved for OTC

By January 31, 2013

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Oxytrol for Women patches may reach the U.S. market in fall 2013. Image: Merck Consumer Care

The FDA approved over-the-counter sales of the Oxytrol for Women patch on Jan. 25. as a treatment for overactive bladder (OAB). Oxytrol's active ingredient is oxybutynin, a drug that promotes relaxation of the bladder muscle. Oxytrol is the first medicine of its class to be approved for OTC sales.

The patch must be reapplied to the skin every four days. It is approved only for adult women ages 18 years and older. Men still need to get a prescription for Oxytrol, according to the FDA.

OAB, or urge incontinence, is typified by a sudden urge to urinate and frequent urination. According to Merck, overactive bladder affects more than 20 million American women. However, several published studies say the criteria for diagnosing OA isn't standardized and the severity of the symptoms vary widely.

The current market leader in OAB treatment is Pfizer's Detrol with sales of about $700 million annually.

Merck expects the patch will go on sale in the fall of 2013.

FDA announcement

Merck release


May 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm
(1) Patricia Tuttle says:

Price toward the donut hole has gone from $411.11 in 2010 to 780.82 in 2013–I am in the donut hole before the end of the year only gettting that prescription filled plus the monthly prescription charge. Am interested in what the price will be when it goes OTC.

May 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm
(2) Patricia Tuttle says:

I’m concerned about the OTC price. A month’s supply seems to be for 28 days, but it needs to cover 30 or 31 days.

October 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm
(3) Sh Riley says:

Hi pat

I just bought OTC oxytrol. (4) patches only to try. I am so sleep deprived due to getting up every 2 to 3 hours to go. I will try anything and at $15.97 walmart I am disappointed in the outcome. I am on my secon patch cycle and find no relief what so ever. I have a app with Dr. On the 21 st and I would rather have the pill form. Detrol works but my insurance company will not pay low generic, so I am hoping Dr. Can give me something from the office. I actually broke the detrol in half and got results. I was out of the pills and seen this advertised on t.v. Not a fan and will not be re buying this item.
Hope this works for you

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