Horizon Pharma, an Irish drug company, bought Vimovo from Astra Zeneca in 2013. They have done well with it, sales have exceeded $450 million. It sounds bizarre ,since Vivomo consists of two drugs that comprise the over-the-counter medicines, Aleve and Nexium. The Aleve handles your pain, and the Nexium helps with the upset stomach that’s sometimes caused by the pain reliever. The basic pitch is that it’s easier to take one pill than two.
The cost of a month's supply of Aleve and Nexium is about $40. For Vimovo, it's $3,252. Since Horizon has done so well with Vimovo , it has introduced Duexis, a similar convenience drug that combines ibuprofen and famotidine, aka Advil and Pepsid.