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

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Quest's breatheWell takes aim at airborne allergens

Quest Products is introducing breatheWell, a nasal filter designed for people interested in protection against the smallest of airborne particles and pollutants.

Two versions of the former prescription-only product now are available over-the-counter following Food and Drug Administration approval for OTC sale. 

Sinol-D is an all-natural decongestant nasal spray that the company said can be used daily. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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