August 20, 2014

Adult incontinence and urinary bladder control represent one of the more lucrative categories in OTC, but it’s not necessarily the most talked-about category.

August 20, 2014

The allergy remedy business is growing, and not just because of new entries to the market like Chattem’s Nasacort 24HR, which to date has brought in more than $50 million to the category. Allergy seasons are lasting longer, and there are more people suffering from allergies.

August 20, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser recently extended its Mucinex brand into the allergy set with the appropriately named Mucinex Allergy.

August 20, 2014

Reckitt Benckiser this season extended its line of popular Mucinex Fast-Max products, which provide multi-symptom relief, to include a product for nighttime cold-and-flu relief in both liquid and tablet form, taking on Procter & Gamble’s NyQuil franchise.

August 20, 2014

In May 2014, Pfizer introduced Nexium 24HR, one of the top-selling acid blockers, over the counter in the United States.

August 20, 2014

While drug stores across North America have diversified their mix over the past few years, over-the-counter medications remain at the heart of most every pharmacy retailer’s efforts, helping to maintain the drug channel’s inherent value as a front-line healthcare provider and the outlet of choice for consumers suffering from a wide range of minor illnesses.

August 20, 2014

Perfecta Products last year added Zim’s Arnica Max to it’s lineup of external analgesic rubs, which includes Zim’s Max-Freeze, an $11.8 million brand grew 27.3% for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 20, 2014

While nobody thought 2013-14 cough-cold sales would reach as high in comparison to the year before, no one expected the season to come down as much as it did.

August 20, 2014

The entire external analgesic category is up 6.7%, reaching a base of $486.9 million across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended June 15, according to IRI data. And Salonpas, with a 10.9% dollar share, is helping to drive that growth with positive sales gains of 28.7% to $52.9 million.

August 20, 2014

Sales of sleep aids is still on the rise, driven primarily by private-label across both tablets and liquid formats.

August 20, 2014

Merck Consumer Care’s Oxytrol for Women brings women with overactive bladder concerns to the self-care aisle for the first time.

August 20, 2014

Pharmavite’s VitaMelts brand has been a popular introduction to the category, with $9.4 million in sales, up 184.3%, for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

August 20, 2014

Meda Consumer Healthcare’s MidNite for Menopause last year was honored as one of Parade magazine’s top new products of the year.

August 20, 2014

iHealth Lab recently launched its iHealth Align, one of the world’s smallest, FDA-approved mobile blood-glucose monitors.

August 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine concluded that aspirin, in addition to preventing pain and inflammation, actually helps hasten the end of inflammation in a study published this week in the online early edition of PNAS.

August 20, 2014

Pfizer successfully switched Nexium to over-the-counter in late May, and with that brought a $6 billion book of prescription business to antacid aisles, according to IMS Health data compiled over 2012.

August 20, 2014

Adult incontinence market leader Kimberly Clark continues to innovate with the recent launch of the thin and absorbent Poise Microliners, featuring super absorbent material (SAM).

August 20, 2014

Sales of all vitamins are up slightly by 0.9% to $6.4 billion, according to IRI for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets.

August 20, 2014

GM Pharmaceuticals recently launched 8-oz. bottles of its liquid pain reliever, VanaPain, which includes 16 servings of its daytime pain reliever and eight servings of its nighttime pain reliever.

August 20, 2014

While diagnostics may be a $1.1 billion business at retail, the value inherent in that business, especially within the sale of blood-pressure monitors and blood-glucose meters, can be so much more.

August 20, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s ZzzQuil was named to IRI’s list of new product pacesetters this year.

August 19, 2014

Advertising claims for weight loss supplement products feed the Federal Trade Commission with the highest settlement costs within the dietary supplement and functional food category, according to a new web-based, members-only tool from the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

August 19, 2014

DripDrop, a medical-grade hydration solution, is now available at Walgreens stores nationwide and on Walgreens.com, the company announced Tuesday. 

August 19, 2014

Walgreens on Tuesday announced that flu shots are now available at all locations, including pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.