Four legislators on Thursday introduced legislation that would restore over-the-counter medicines as qualified reimbursements under health spending accounts and flexible spending accounts without a prescription.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Thursday its support of legislation that seeks to repeal a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires consumers to obtain a prescription to use their flexible spending accounts for over-the-counter medication purchases.
Vitamin D deficiency may increase the chance of muscle injuries in elite athletes, specifically NFL football players, suggested a recent study presented last week at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.
Product recalls over the past two years have eroded consumer trust in over-the-counter drugs; however, those same recalls represent opportunity for smaller market players to gain exposure and build brand awareness, wrote Laura Mahecha, industry manager for health care at research firm Kline, in an online report issued Wednesday.
PuraMed BioScience on Monday announced that headache researcher Roger Cady will be exhibiting a poster presentation of his independent clinical study of PuraMed's nonprescription migraine medication LipiGesic-M at the 2011 Headache Update Conference being held in Orlando, Fla., July 14 to 17.
The Natural Products Association on Thursday launched a grassroots campaign to oppose the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, recently introduced in Congress by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and is urging its more than 1,900 members to ask their legislators to oppose the legislation by sending them a letter at NPAinfo.org/Durbin.
Physician’s Preference, Vitamins and Supplements wellness experts on Wednesday announced an initiative to educate Americans on the importance of obtaining optimal vitamin D status — as the “sunshine vitamin” is coupled with numerous health benefits — by setting the facts straight about sunscreen use and offering quick tips for increasing one’s vitamin D level.
+MD Wellness showcased its line of Gel Spa Socks that help moisturize and heal conditions like eczema, psoriasis and cracked, dry skin. Selling for a suggested $13.99, the gel is a thermoplastic rubber that does not disintegrate with use like many silicone products.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday added two voting members, both enzyme ingredient suppliers, to its roster: Bio-Cat, headquartered in Troy, Va., and Deerland Enzymes, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga.
PharmaCare “hard launched” its omega-3 fish oil supplement for kids, called Bioglan Kids Smart, at NACDS Marketplace this year after successful test markets with a national pharmacy chain. The actual supplements look like small, purple fish and burst with a grape flavor when chewed. Each “burstlet” contains 133 mg of docosahexaenoic acid and 28 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid.
Biotab Nutraceuticals plans to build on its hot-and-getting-hotter Extenze franchise — sales of the original formulation were up 12.3% to $12.9 million across food, drug and mass, excluding Walmart, for the 52 weeks ended April 17, according to SymphonyIRIGroup data — with the launch of an extended-release liquid gelcap formulation that promises fast-acting enhanced pleasure and performance over a longer period of time.
Hicural used the NACDS Marketplace convention as the launchpad for its new product: Hicural for Hiccup Relief. Studies attribute hiccups to eating or drinking too much or too fast, anxiety, stress, excitement and even pregnancy in women. The Hicural is a reed-like device that you place across the mouth and sip a beverage through.
Hyland’s will be bringing its Hyland’s Baby Teething tablets back to the market after a brief hiatus with a few changes to the product, one of which is a child-resistant cap. As part of the relaunch, the company is tapping into its enthusiastic mommy blogger fan base on Facebook.
LELO has launched a high-end line of Kegel exercisers called Laselle under the Intimina by LELO brand for women with incontinence issues. Such factors as pregnancy, childbirth, aging and obesity can result in the weakening of the pelvic muscles, leading to possible urinary or bowel incontinence.
Johnson & Johnson on Thursday announced that the company has entered into an agreement to become a global sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, becoming the eighth and final FIFA World Cup Sponsor.
Reckitt Benckiser has launched a liquid formulation of its popular Mucinex brand to help fight coughs and colds in the coming season called Maximum Strength Mucinex Fast-Max Liquids. The four new formulations combine the mucus-busting power of Mucinex with maximum-strength medicines for multisymptom relief.
Pharmavite’s newest product, Nature Made Krill Oil, offers a new source of omega-3 fatty acids in addition to a naturally occurring antioxidant called astaxanthin. The algae that krill eat produce the bright-red pigment astaxanthin that gives krill and other crustaceans, such as lobster and shrimp, their reddish-pink color.
Nelsons USA marks the second branded player that should be making a significant commitment against iron supplementation in the coming year — the other being Meda Pharmaceuticals. Nelson, however, is approaching the market with a “less is more” mantra. In women with low iron levels, Pur-Absorb has a clinically proven high absorption rate of more than 40%.
Audiovox Accessories introduced a one-size-fits-most hearing aid to drug store retailers attending NACDS Marketplace called the RCA Symphonix. At a $299.99 price point, the product may be a little steep to carry in store but may be ideal for online placement for shipment home or to the pharmacy for pickup.
Schiff Nutrition on Wednesday named Jennifer Steeves-Kiss SVP and chief marketing officer. Steeves-Kiss joins Schiff from Procter & Gamble, where for almost two decades she helped build premium brands.
Discovery Communications recently announced the launch of a line of branded Discovery Fit & Health consumer products designed to provide proactive health and fitness lifestyle solutions for health-conscious consumers.