About Us

In 1849, Edmond Fougera, a pharmacist from France, established a business in Brooklyn, NY, importing French and other foreign medicines. Fougera’s knowledge of medicines and genuine concern for his customers attracted immigrants who recognized and trusted the products they knew.   Soon, this credibility grew, and the company began to manufacture its own pharmaceuticals. The brand became synonymous with quality, value, and reliability, and quickly grew in popularity with physicians and pharmacists across the country.

By the 1930s and 1940s, the company had extensive lines in cardiovascular medicine, dermatology, anesthesiology, and radiology. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Fougera further entrenched itself as a specialty pharmaceutical manufacturer of topical steroids, antibiotics, and antifungal products. Building onto its product portfolio from 1999-2006, Fougera received more topical generic FDA approvals than any other company, including many first-to-market launches. Today, Fougera is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sandoz and is part of the Novartis global network. Together, Sandoz and Fougera are dedicated to developing affordable, high quality, and first-to-market dermatology products, thereby meeting the needs of US patients today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Sandoz, a Novartis company, is a worldwide leader in pharmaceuticals including over the counter Swim-EAR® drops. With a history of more than 120 years, Sandoz is a trusted leader with a reputation for exceptional quality. Our strategic and customer-focused approach to developing, producing and marketing high-quality affordable medicines has successfully made us one of the largest and most respected pharmaceuticals companies worldwide. Our medicines are available to 90 percent of people across the world and we are committed to further increasing global access to affordable healthcare.

While developing and manufacturing high-quality affordable products like Swim-EAR® is core to who we are and what we do, our mission is even greater: We endeavor to make these products available to everyone, everywhere. Swim-EAR® begins to work immediately to relieve clogged water which can get trapped in the ear canal after swimming or bathing. Swim-EAR® uses the only FDA approved ear-drying formulation because it has been proven to be safe and effective. Our over the counter swimmers ear drops can be found at Walmart, both in store and online, and at Walgreens stores.