May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

April 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced a meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on May 2 to discuss the potential switch of Merck's Singulair Allergy tablets.

March 26, 2014

The March/April 2014 Allergy Relief Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Children's Claritin Chewable, Children's Allegra Allergy meltable tablets, Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid, Nasacort Allergy 24HR, Mucinex Allergy, Hyland's 4 Kids Complete Allergy and Similasan Kids Allergy Eye Relief.

February 7, 2014

The January/February 2014 Vitamins and Supplements Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Vitamints Immune, Centrum Specialist Immune Support, Alive! Children's Multi-Vitamin Gummy, Natrol's Melatonin, VitaMelts Multi, TruBiotics, Align and Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules.

January 22, 2014

Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine), a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults.

November 25, 2013

The November/December 2013 Cough, Cold and Flu Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Robitussin Maximum Strength, NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu, Theraflu Warming Caplets, Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu, Tylenol Cold & Flu Severe, Hyland's Defend Severe Cold & Flu, Similasan Mucus Relief and Splintek Night Guard.

September 25, 2013

The September/October 2013 Digestive Aids Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Tums Chewy Delights, Alka Seltzer Fruit Chews, Maximum Strength Zantac 150 Cool Mint, Maximum Strength Pepcid AC, Prilosec OTC (Wildberry Flavor), Prevacid 24 Hour, Zegerid OTC and Gas-X.

September 9, 2013

Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care on Monday announced the introduction of Captain Zantac, the new face of the Zantac brand.

December 12, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a regulatory approval application from Takeda and Lundbeck for an experimental drug to treat depression, the companies said Wednesday.

October 2, 2012

Drug makers Takeda Pharmaceutical and H. Lundbeck have applied with the Food and Drug Administration for a new drug to treat depression in adults.

September 27, 2012

Dr. Reddy's Labs has launched a generic drug for treating asthma and allergies, and preventing bronchospasm during exercise, the company said.