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Chattem’s new product nothing to sneeze at

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Chattem officials say they're close to taking on what may be one of its biggest new products in the company's 134-year history.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel has recommended approval of Nasacort AQ Nasal Spray for over-the-counter use. If OK'ed by the FDA later this year, Chattem will oversee the shift of the current prescription medicine to in-store sales, and the product could over time become one of the Chattanooga-based company's biggest sellers behind allergy aid Allegra.

"It's a huge, huge market," said Chattem Chief Executive Officer Zan Guerry. "It will be significant."

The move would be expected to add more jobs in Chattanooga as Chattem would handle the packaging of Nasacort in the city, Guerry said. However, he wasn't sure yet how many employees could be added to the company's existing workforce of close to 600 in Chattanooga.

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