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News and information on allergy care products, merchandising and trends in retail pharmacies.

Nambe Drugs brings AllerPops to shelves

AllerPops aims to correct the underlying cause of allergies instead of masking the symptoms, the company said.

GSK, Pfizer close joint venture

Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline have closed their joint venture to combine their respective consumer healthcare businesses and form the world’s largest over-the-counter business. This new venture will operate as the new GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Dr. Reddy’s is bringing its store-brand equivalent of Mucinex D extended-release tablets to market in two dosage strengths.

The Rosenberg, Texas-based company has introduced Ocusoft Lid Scrub Allergy eyelid cleanser, a premoistened pad meant to help relieve eye symptoms associated with allergies.

The Relief Products launched four ointments that aim to provide nighttime eye relief from such common ailments as pink eye, blepharitis, eye fatigue and allergies.

As flu season draws to a close, Walgreens is sharing the states and markets that saw the highest incidences of flu between September 2018 and April.

New data from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and IRI is highlighting the ripple effect that a consumer buying an OTC product can have on the American healthcare system — namely, some $146 billion in savings.

The nasal wash system is designed to flush along the nasal floor, rather than upwards, allowing users to stand upright while using it, the company said.

Alongside it shedding its pharmaceutical business, Perrigo said it had entered an exclusive agreement with a subsidiary of Kenilworth, N.J.-based Merck to develop an over-the-counter formulation of Merck’s Nasonex nasal spray

The Xyzal generic equivalent is an over-the-counter antihistamine used for 24-hour relief of allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, and sneezing.

LONDON — If Pfizer follows through with its announcement last week to potentially place its consumer business up for sale, GlaxoSmithKline, presently the third-largest OTC seller in the U.S. marketplace, would certainly take a look at it, the company's CEO shared Wednesday morning.

The OTC e-commerce channel is the 900-lb. gorilla in the traditional domestic and global retail worlds. A U.S. brand owner is now confronted with a global pricing discipline challenge. The speed and ubiquity of product pricing and information has forced the issue. To paraphrase Hermione in “Harry Potter,” everything has changed.

Analysis obtained from Kantar Media found that the Amazon-exclusive brand Basic Care led the paid search results when users looked at such keywords as allergy pills, allergy medicine and allergy relief during the weeks of Aug. 1 to 15.

Los Angeles-based EZC Pak has helped physicians reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed during initial visits, and is setting its sights on the consumer health market.

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