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Sanofi: Nasacort first nasal corticosteroid available without a prescription

BY Michael Johnsen

PARIS — Allergy sufferers will have a new treatment option available to them by the spring allergy season. Sanofi on Friday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Nasacort Allergy 24HR nasal spray (triamcinolone intranasal) as an over-the-counter treatment for seasonal and year-round nasal allergies in adults and children 2 years of age and older. 

Nasacort is the first and only nasal corticosteroid to be available without a prescription and will be marketed by Sanofi’s consumer healthcare division, Chattem.

This makes Chattem the new allergy powerhouse. The company already fields Allegra, and for the 52 weeks ended July 14, Allegra products generated more than $335 million in revenue across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. 

"[Chattem’s] Allegra is already neck-and-neck with Claritin," noted Laura Mahecha, industry manager at Kline Healthcare. But the nasal format is not expected to become as big as the competing allergy tablets, including Allegra, she said, because tablets are perceived to be a preferred delivery form among consumers. 

That would cap Nasacort’s potential at around $200 million. "[But] each person’s allergies are different," she said. "There may be a whole group of people [whose allergies respond] better to the nasal steroids."

Together with Allegra, Chattem’s OTC allergy portfolio would approach $450 million in annual sales if sales of Nasacort reached even $100 million in sales. 

Nasacort is the only single active ingredient OTC medicine that relieves the full range of nasal allergy symptoms, including nasal congestion, for 24 hours with a single daily dose, Sanofi asserted. 

Chattem anticipates that Nasacort will be available in spring 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Neat Feat launches Baby B Diaper Cream

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Neat Feat Baby B Diaper Cream is a preventive cream that helps treat the cause of the rash and restores the normal environment of the skin, according to the company. 

The product also inhibits growth of fungi that contributes to skin irritation and reduces excess moisture, promoting a more natural Ph balance for the skin, the company stated.

BabyB Baby Saver Cream is part of Neat Feat’s new Body Saver range. 

The product is available nationally through Walgreens stores at a suggested retail price of $6.95.

 

 

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New report details scope of counterfeit drugs worldwide

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A coalition of organizations that includes major retail pharmacy and drug manufacturing groups is warning consumers against purchasing drugs from foreign, online outlets.

The Partnership for Safe Medicines analyzed a report from the Group of 8 about rogue online drug outlets that shows 4,000 of the 18,000 outlets under investigation were tied in some way to Canada; 70,000 fake prescription drugs were discovered in the secure supply chain in the United Kingdom, and 30,000 doses remain unaccounted for; France confiscated 1.2 million doses of fake aspirin hidden in tea last year; Germany found more than 100 outlets offering illegally imported counterfeit cancer drugs in 2010; a Russian network called Glavmed is known for posing as Canadian drug stores and is one of the top-three sources of online antivirus scams.

The PSM includes such organizations as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, among others.

The risk of counterfeit and adulterated drugs finding their way into the supply chain is a major reason why the Food and Drug Administration bans importation of drugs into the United States. Still, a new law in Maine would allow importation of drugs from certain Canadian sellers. The city government of Portland, Maine, has for many years imported drugs from a company called CanaRx.

 

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