Circling germ protection
LAS VEGAS — Oasis Consumer Healthcare’s Halo oral antiseptic ought to make a big splash in the 2012-2013 cough-cold season. The new product launched in late February at an ECRM conference in Las Vegas and was voted “Best New Product” by retail buyers attending the event.
The Halo antiseptic spray is designed to coat the back of the throat for up to six hours to help to protect against airborne germs. Suggested retail price for Halo is $12.99, and the product will be merchandised alongside immunity system boosters in the cough-cold aisle.
Tums touts a ‘fresh’ take
Tums has proven to be the Houdini of digestive tablets — surviving all digestive switch products from H2 blockers through proton-pump inhibitors, and still growing. For the 12 weeks ended Jan. 12, sales of Tums were up more than 3%, and it still was among the top three antacids.
GSK’s latest Tums innovation comes in the form of Tums Freshers, a new tablet-size version of Tums that is 40% smaller than regular Tums and includes a cooling flavor for breath freshening because 94% of heartburn sufferers also report having bad breath when they experience heartburn, according to a recent GSK survey.
The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Antacids Sell-Through Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.
Suppliers, FDA shine spotlight on switches
The recent Food and Drug Administration public meeting on driving future switch potential by way of the pharmacist and/or health technology sparked some discussion on what’s next.
This FDA public hearing is just the first step in what could become a major paradigm shift for companies looking to extend the patent lives of their pharmaceutical properties by engineering an Rx-to-OTC switch. From a pure business perspective, switch is one of the more substantial OTC growth catalysts, noted David Spangler, SVP policy, general counsel and secretary for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. And there is opportunity to broaden the OTC product pipeline by embracing the technology that exists today, he added.
There already are companies looking into additional, more complex switch applications. Pfizer has discussed publicly its inclination to explore a Lipitor switch, and Somaxon Pharmaceuticals with OTC partner Procter & Gamble late last year reported its pursuit of switching the insomnia medicine Silenor.
“There doesn’t need to be a third class of drugs” for the pharmacist or healthcare practitioner to become more involved, Laura Mahecha, industry manager of healthcare practice and analyst for Kline, shared with DSN earlier this year. “The onus would be on the manufacturer to provide educational programs for [healthcare practitioners] so that they would understand [the protocol].”
The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Rx-to-OTC Switch Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.