August 20, 2015

OTC buyers sniffing out the next big opportunity within VMS may need only go as far as their nose. Piping Rock Health Products, led by NBTY cofounder Scott Rudolph, is bringing aromatherapy to the mass market with its new Nature’s Truth brand.

August 20, 2015

The big story in the digestives space continues to be the switch and launch of Pfizer’s Nexium 24HR. For the 52 weeks ended June 14, sales of Nexium 24HR across total U.S. multi-outlets reached $278.7 million and are still climbing, according to IRI.

August 20, 2015

The top four best-selling internal analgesic brands — Advil, Aleve, Tylenol and Bayer — generate more than 40% of the overall $3.3 billion in internal analgesic tablet sales, according to IRI figures. But it’s the smaller niche external analgesic brands that are contributing a lot of incremental sales to the pain relief category.

August 20, 2015

Only 18% of Americans were very likely or completely likely to post their latest ailment on social media, but for those who did post, 40% of their friends were quick to make an over-the-counter recommendation, according to a survey conducted in July by Field Agent on behalf of Drug Store News. And about half the time, those who posted that they were under the weather listened to their friends’ recommendations and made a purchase as a result.

August 20, 2015

Overall, there were $8.7 billion in sales of cough, cold and allergy products for the 52 weeks ended June 14 across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI, and allergy remedies are driving that sales bus.

August 20, 2015

TruTag Technologies is looking to impact the food and drug industry with its edible security platform. “TruTags,” the company's microtags, can help to authenticate products without packaging or labels. DSN recently spoke with Kent Mansfield, president of TruTag Technologies.

August 20, 2015

With the expansion of coverage to millions of more Americans in the years since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, access to care is becoming more strained than ever before, seemingly creating more interest among payers, insurers, health systems and patients in the use of retail clinics.

August 20, 2015

Addressing everything from minor cuts and abrasions to skin rashes and muscle aches, the first aid category is doing well — sales of first-aid treatments are up 5.5% to $1.4 billion for the 52 weeks ended June 14 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI, and the larger accessories category — including heat/ice packs — is up 7.2% to $1.8 billion.

August 20, 2015

Cosmederm Bioscience’s Tri-Calm OTC itch relief solution is quickly climbing the anti-itch treatment product chart with growth of 148.2% to a dollar base of $4.9 million for the 52 weeks ended June 14 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 20, 2015

Tylenol has retaken the OTC pain relief aisle with a vengeance. The brand is close to reclaiming the top spot among internal analgesic tablets behind Aleve and Advil and is growing at a 10% rate on a dollar base of more than $250 million. 

August 20, 2015

Sleeping remedy sales reached $446.3 million on 6.5% growth for the 52 weeks ended June 14 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. And while the products sold may help consumers sleep at night, the category still is contributing a steady flow of dollars to OTC coffers.

August 20, 2015

Sally Hansen and OPI outperform the Nail Polish CI2 ranking category with generally average performance against key metrics, but with very broad and well-distributed portfolios.

August 20, 2015

When Procter & Gamble line extended its NyQuil brand identity into the sleep care aisle with the launch of ZzzQuil, the company did more than raise a few eyebrows. That launch awoke an entire category.

July 17, 2015

In this multi-page report, DSN examines in-depth sales activity in the snack and beverage categories, highlighting new products that are shaking up the consumables aisle.

July 16, 2015

After revamping the look of its LifeStyles brand last summer to appeal to millennial shoppers, Ansell Healthcare has seen the line of condoms and sexual wellness products record consistent growth over the past few months.

July 16, 2015

As consumers continue to shy away from highly sweetened carbonated beverages in favor of what they see as more healthy alternatives, soda makers are responding by branching out into new areas and reformulating some of their most popular products.

July 16, 2015

Americans are snacking more than ever.

According to a recent consumer survey, nearly half of people across the country skip at least three traditional meals every week in favor of so-called “munchies.”

July 16, 2015

In recent months, copper-infused compression devices have caught the attention of shoppers in the first aid aisle.

From socks to gloves to braces for the back, knee, ankle and elbow, these products are providing pain relief to thousands of weekend warriors and people with circulation problems.

July 16, 2015

Acne has long been characterized as the plague of adolescent existence. It is one of those things that comes with the package of puberty and fluctuating hormones. Or at least, it was.

July 16, 2015

Ralph Neas, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, issued a statement last month criticizing the FDA at the organization’s public meeting on the Generic Drug User Free Act.

July 16, 2015

When Keurig Green Mountain Inc. rolls out its Keurig Cold at-home beverage system this fall, consumers will be able to make a variety of Dr. Pepper carbonated drinks with the machine.

July 16, 2015

The combination of sweet and savory flavors has become one of the hottest trends in snacking in recent years. And nowhere has this been more evident than in the pretzel segment.

July 16, 2015

As more and more adult women are faced with acne, it becomes necessary to create products that suit their skin care needs.

July 16, 2015

Rite Aid announced last month that it had recently introduced a new medication synchronization program called OneTripRefills.