September 16, 2013

DSN visited with Mike Greene, VP government relations for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to talk about the role one of the leading VMS associations plays on Capitol Hill. "[Right now], the new dietary ingredients issue is one of the core issues that needs to be addressed," Greene said. "When I'm on Capitol Hill and talking about NDIs, I typically talk about it as the last piece of the puzzle that is the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act."

September 11, 2013

Drug Store News sat down with Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, recently to discuss the science behind the supplements. "One of the big challenges in nutrition research, is the fact that the standard is a drug research model," MacKay noted. "There are several realities within nutrition science that don't lend themselves to be studied in the classic drug model."

September 9, 2013

The Drug Store News Group recently spoke with Judy Blatman, SVP communications for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, to discuss the communication and advocacy roles CRN conducts on behalf of the industry. "It's important that whatever we do defines a responsible industry," Blatman said. "And so we work on initiatives that put us front and center with the media, [making] us a respected voice in the scientific community, on Capitol Hill and in the international arena."

June 22, 2015

DSN senior editor Michael Johnsen examines in-depth sales activity in the sleep category in this multi-page report, which includes a Q&A with Procter & Gamble's Dave Tomasi.

June 15, 2015

Cosmederm Bioscience’s TriCalm OTC itch-relief solution was recognized in May by the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology,, which published a study finding that Cosmederm’s solution was superior to diphenhydramine 2% and hydrocortisone 1%.

June 15, 2015

DSN senior editor Michael Johnsen examines in-depth sales activity in the sleep, VMS and anti-itch categories, highlighting new products that are transforming OTC in this multi-page report.

May 20, 2015

Prevention remains a priority for consumers heading into cough-cold season, as evidenced by the sales of two brands well known for their immunity-boosting benefits.

May 20, 2015

Church & Dwight is leveraging its First Response brand into the dietary supplement set with the launch of First Response multivitamin gummies, which target reproductive health and prenatal/post-natal need states. First Response multivitamin gummies were developed to provide women with the recommended amount of folic acid in an easy-to-consume gummy form.

May 20, 2015

GoJo Industries recently expanded its hand sanitizer position with a new purchase opportunity — one that’s mom-friendly, serves an on-the-go need and is incremental to the category — with its launch of Purell Wipes into retail.

May 20, 2015

The gummy sub-segment within overall vitamins is not only still growing substantially, the dollar volume of that alternative delivery format has reached nowhere near its ceiling of potential, at least not yet. Overall, sales of vitamins for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 28, 2014, were up 0.4% to $6.5 billion across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

May 20, 2015

Move over fellas; the condom aisle isn’t just for men anymore. Well, it never was really, but as retail pharmacies become more adept at discreetly merchandising intimacy health — remember when the pharmacist had to pull the condom display from behind the counter? — there is a trend developing toward marketing condoms with the female buyer in mind.

May 20, 2015

Perrigo Animal Health in May announced its launch of PetArmor Joint Health Maximum, a supplement for dogs that contains glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and manganese. It’s an opportunity for retailer’s to associate their store brand with a quality pet supplement.

May 20, 2015

Is there a niche OTC opportunity on which food, drug and mass retailer pharmacies are not fully capitalizing? If the answer isn’t yes, then the cat is already out of the bag — according to the American Pet Products Association the market for pet supplies and OTC medicines will grow by 4.7% by the end of the year.

April 22, 2015

Is this the year that restrictions on the use of over-the-counter medicines in conjunction with a flexible savings account are lifted? If you consider the value proposition — the $102 billion saved each year by the use of OTC medicines — and that health care is moving toward a more value-based, outcomes-driven system, it would certainly seem so.

April 22, 2015

There’s only one thing that can be better than a strategically placed shelf talker, and that’s a literal talking shelf. That’s exactly what Shelfbucks, a leading iBeacon promotion platform for retail stores, and Menasha Packaging are bringing to brand manufacturers with a smart display platform — a shelf talker that interacts and engages a consumer through her smartphone.

April 22, 2015

If you were impressed by the recent switches of Nasacort Allergy 24HR, Nexium 24HR or Flonase — well-executed and model switches — well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

April 22, 2015

The dollar store channel is growing in prominence when it comes to OTC remedies, noted Bob Sanders, EVP at IRI, at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Annual Executive Conference last March.

February 5, 2015

There is a sharp spike in cough-cold promotion across retail circulars in the back-to-school season, according to an analysis of circular retail promotions provided by ECRM, as moms prepare their families for the inevitable season of sniffles and sneezes with the coming school year.

February 5, 2015

GoJo Industries is expanding its hand sanitizer position with a new purchase opportunity — one that’s mom-friendly, serves an on-the-go need and is incremental to the category — with its launch of Purell Wipes into retail.

February 5, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged early on in the 2014-15 season that this year’s flu shot didn’t match up well with this year’s predominant H3N2 flu virus, which set the stage for a strong season. Annual sales of cough, cold and flu remedies were on the rise for the first two months of the season.

February 5, 2015

So far it looks like the 2014-15 cough-cold season is off to a strong start, as total cold/allergy/sinus dollar sales from August through December 2014 increased 8.5% over the same period in 2013, according to Competitive Promotion Report.

February 5, 2015

DNA Diagnostics Center recently introduced its high-margin DNA Paternity Test Kit through Walgreens with a unique selling proposition — DNA Paternity Test Kits are not only advertised on television programs including “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” “Maury” and “The Bill Cunningham Show,” they’re the go-to kits those productions use to prove paternity.

February 5, 2015

As many as 43% of women keep a cough-cold product in their desk during the winter months “just in case” they get sick, according to a survey conducted on behalf of WorkPlace Impact.

February 5, 2015

Considering that 90% of families’ healthcare decisions are made by women, and that women account for 93% of overall consumer spending on OTC pharmaceuticals, according to Greenfield Online for Arnold’s Women’s Insight Team, identifying and delivering on women’s aspirations is a crucial factor in the success of self-care healthcare items.