December 15, 2011

Approximately 5.3% of high school seniors abused over-the-counter cough-cold medicines in the past month, according to the latest "Monitoring the Future" survey released Wednesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

December 7, 2011

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Miami Coalition last week held a town hall meeting on preventing teen cough medicine abuse.

October 5, 2011

Zarbee's on Wednesday announced the launch of Zarbee's Nighttime Cough and Sleep Drink, an over-the-counter nighttime cough remedy.

September 26, 2011

The U.S. Senate last week adopted a resolution designating the month of October 2011 as “National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month” to raise attention to the problem of prescription medicine abuse, especially by teenagers.

September 1, 2011

California on Wednesday banned the sale of dextromethorphan to minors, becoming the first state to pass such legislation.

August 11, 2011

Drug maker Avanir Pharmaceuticals has filed suit against two generic drug makers seeking to launch versions of a drug used to treat pseudobulbar affect, which causes sudden, involuntary episodes of laughing and crying, and occurs secondary to numerous other neurological conditions.

March 28, 2011

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention last week announced that it is working with the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to update quality standards for widely used medicines and ingredients. Updated test methodologies are crucial to help counter economically motivated adulteration — in which less expensive and potentially harmful ingredients are substituted for genuine medicines or their ingredients — and also to address the challenge of impurities that may go undetected with older, nonspecific assays and tests.

March 25, 2011

There are three issues involving over-the-counter medicines today that have put the industry on the defensive, and all involve the question of appropriate access. Drug Store News examined each.

1. FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS The issue: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required that FSA participants obtain a prescription for those OTCs incorporated into their health savings agenda.

March 2, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has taken action against makers of prescription drugs for cough-cold and allergies that don’t have regulatory approval, the agency said Wednesday.

February 10, 2011

Over-the-counter generic versions of a line of products used to treat congestion do not infringe on the patents covering the branded versions, a federal court ruled Wednesday.

October 10, 2010

While the fact that two Food and Drug Administration advisory committees collectively voted 15 opposed...

October 6, 2010

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday joined...

September 16, 2010

While the advisory committee vote of 15 opposed and nine in favor of scheduling the...

September 14, 2010

A pair of Food and Drug Administration advisory committees on Tuesday evening recommended that the...

September 13, 2010

As the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee debated Tuesday on...

September 9, 2010

The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest on Thursday released the results of a...

August 31, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration last week issued an information packet in preparation for a...

June 6, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration will be re-evaluating the abuse potential of the cough-cold ingredient...

May 5, 2010

Perrigo on Wednesday announced that it has acquired the exclusive U.S. store brand rights to...

May 3, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced through the Federal Register that a Sept....

March 2, 2010

While there was no significant increase in the abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan,...

February 4, 2010

A viral e-mail currently making the rounds between private accounts and public message boards warning...

December 20, 2009

Among teens, meth abuse is down and dextromethorphan abuse is not on the rise. That...

December 20, 2009

Consumers can be expected to self-identify a cough, and even locate a cough remedy in...