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Consumers Seeking New Solutions To Treat Rising Stress And Anxiety Levels

Research from Euromonitor International reveals how consumers globally are struggling with stress and anxiety and are turning away from conventional drugs in favor of lifestyle changes. With consumers now ranking mental well-being as their number-one health priority, OTC players must adopt a more holistic approach to healthcare or risk being left behind. 
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False Documents Land Chinese OTC Firm In Real Regulatory Trouble With US FDA

As HBW Insight reported, following inspection in March, FDA placed Huize Commodity's hand sanitizers, sunscreens and lip balms on import alert in June. During FDA inspection, "multiple documents provided were in fact falsified," according to warning.
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Lauder Forecasts 7%-8% Sales Growth In FY 2020 Despite Cooling In Key Markets

Amid global recession fears, Lauder anticipates continued double-digit growth in fiscal 2020 in China and travel retail, albeit at slower rates than seen in recent years. The firm booked 9% reported sales growth to roughly $14.9bn for the fiscal 2019 full year, fueled by a record-setting innovation program.

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Perrigo Wakes Up UK Sleep Category With Liquid Nytol

Perrigo is continuing to revitalize the UK's sleep aid category with a Liquid Caramel line extension to its successful Nytol brand. 
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Private-Label OTCs 'Extremely Popular' With German Consumers, Says McKesson, As It Extends Own-Brand Line

Private-label OTC brands are increasingly popular with German consumers, according to McKesson Europe. To take advantage of this trend, the retailer is through its Gehe German subsidiary extending its "healthy living" line of own-brand OTC products. 
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German OTC Market Update: Weak Cold Season Stunts Growth In First Six Months

Germany's OTC market through pharmacy performed disappointingly in the first six months of the year thanks to a weak cold season compared to the previous year, according to IQVIA. 
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NRT Delivery Innovation Proposal In US Doesn't Deliver Expanded Indications

GSK's proposed usage for mouth spray product – reducing withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving – differs little from the first NRT product approved in US in 1984. Additional suggested label instructions primarily focus on stating NRTs can be used to reduce smoking or gradually stop tobacco use as opposed to quitting within a specified amount of time.

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Stada ‘Continuously Evaluating’ OTC Deals As Sales Grow Double Digits

Stada tells HBW Insight it remains on the lookout for deals despite only last month closing the acquisition of a basket of OTC brands from GSK. The German firm revealed its plans as it reported a double-digit rise in both sales and earnings at its Branded Products business for the opening six months of 2019.
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Consumer Health Executive Decisions: Karp Directs CHPA Health Policy, Pink's Husband Inspires CBD Line, More

Marina Karp joins CHPA as its first director of health policy; UFC welterweight Colby Covington signs on with Cannafornia CBD; "body activist" Ashley Graham is an Olly Nutrition brand ambassador; and Pink's husband, Carey Hart, inspires Next Green Wave's CBD line.

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CBD Suits Challenge ‘THC-Free’ Claims After Users Fail Drug Tests; Plaintiffs Bar May Just Be Warming Up

Attorneys are warning CBD product marketers to be on guard for litigation challenging the authenticity of their claims, the safety of their products and other aspects of their businesses. So far, suits of this nature have been limited in the US, but the few known cases could be harbingers of a larger wave to come.

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Cambridge Esthechoc Beauty Chocolate Anti-aging Claims Unpalatable In UK

UK's Advertising Standards Authority tells Cambridge Chocolate to halt ad claims for Esthechoc functional chocolate after firm fails to sway experts with multiple studies on astaxanthin and epicatechins, ingredients in chocolate it says science has shown have a beneficial impact on skin.

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Brands Target Men With Sonic Cleansing, 100% Vegan Skin Care; Personal-Care Launches In Brief

Launches announced in August include Clarisonic Mia Men, the brand’s first cleansing device specifically engineered for men’s thicker skin and beard, and Act Of Being, touted as “America’s first 100% vegan men’s grooming and skin-care brand.” Fragrances from Ariana Grande and Vince Camuto debut, along with Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks and Avon Products’ True 5-in-1 Lash Genius mascara.

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California Eyeing ‘Monumental’ Change To How Cosmetic Products Are Classified For VOC Controls

Currently, representations on product labels dictate the levels of VOC content they are permitted to contain under the California Air Resources Board’s consumer products regulations. In its drive to tighten VOC limits, the agency is considering a change that would make online statements additional controlling factors for VOC categorization, one of several moves the personal-care industry aims to discourage.

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Beauty Industry Working With California Air Board To Inform VOC Regulatory Updates

Personal Care Products Council exec Tom Myers says it’s crucial that industry be involved now, ahead of proposed rulemaking expected from California’s “clean air agency” in 2020, to inform the Air Resources Board about reformulation challenges and opportunities to reduce levels of volatile organic compounds in line with state goals.

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ASA Takes Shears To Hairburst Ad Claims; Volume & Growth Elixir Will Need Name Change

Hairburst’s hair-growth and hair-loss prevention claims on cosmetic products are inadequately substantiated, and many of the health claims it uses to promote food supplements are unauthorized, the Advertising Standards Authority says in a 14 Aug. decision.

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As FDA Decides CBD Regulatory Path, Sales March On For Suppliers, Retailers

CV Sciences distributes PlusCBD Oil products to Vitamin Shoppe stores in 30 states and Puerto Rico, pushing its US distribution to more than 5,300 retail locations. Vitamin Shoppe began offering CBD products in March and has extended the sales to 390 stores.
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CBD Suits Challenge ‘THC-Free’ Claims After Users Fail Drug Tests; Plaintiffs Bar May Just Be Warming Up

Attorneys are warning CBD product marketers to be on guard for litigation challenging the authenticity of their claims, the safety of their products and other aspects of their businesses. So far, suits of this nature have been limited in the US, but the few known cases could be harbingers of a larger wave to come.

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CBD Industry Group Commits To Compliance With EU Novel Food Law

Seeking to end the current impasse between regulators and the CBD industry, the Centre For Medicinal Cannabis is launching a quality charter for its members to put their products “on the path to regulatory compliance.” 
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OTC Drug Manufacturer Warned On GMP Problems FDA Initially Found In 2010

"In response to each of those inspections and compliance actions taken against your firm, you proposed specific remediations to fully address the violations," says FDA in warning letter to TG United. Firm in 2013 recalled 44 products – totaling some 688,000 containers plus 2.53m pills or tablets distributed in bulk – due to GMP deviations.
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Cambridge Esthechoc Beauty Chocolate Anti-aging Claims Unpalatable In UK

UK's Advertising Standards Authority tells Cambridge Chocolate to halt ad claims for Esthechoc functional chocolate after firm fails to sway experts with multiple studies on astaxanthin and epicatechins, ingredients in chocolate it says science has shown have a beneficial impact on skin.

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Own-Labeler Let's Talk Health Hears It From FDA About GMPs, Claims

For all but one of nine GMP violations found by FDA officials, warning letter states: "These are repeat violations from the previous inspection of your firm in 2016."
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German OTC Market Update: Weak Cold Season Stunts Growth In First Six Months

Germany's OTC market through pharmacy performed disappointingly in the first six months of the year thanks to a weak cold season compared to the previous year, according to IQVIA. 
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Generics Players Dominating New OTC Launches In Germany

An analysis by Sempora Consulting of the German OTC market in 2018 shows that generic products dominate new OTC product launches.
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Time For Self-Care To Play More Prominent Role In Healthcare – Q&A With GSCF's Alan Main

On International Self-Care Day, HBW Insight speaks exclusively to Alan Main, chairman of the Global Self-Care Federation and executive vice-president of Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, about the growing importance of self-care and the increasingly vital role it plays in sustaining and sustainable healthcare systems.

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