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Direct-To-Consumer Tests Opening The Door To Personalized Medicine

FEATURE: Could self-tests and personalized medicine revolutionize the global consumer healthcare market? HBW Insight talks to Atlas Biomed's Sergey Musienko about the future of the direct-to-consumer testing industry. 
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Claim That Supplement Boosts Children’s Focus Could Spur FTC Attention

Creekside Natural Therapeutics might hear from the FTC after failing to show in an industry self-regulation forum that it would correct misleading claims for its Focused Mind Jr. supplement promoted as an alternative to ADHD drugs.
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Federal Court Stays Class Action Against CBD Firm Green Roads To Await FDA Rulemaking

Plaintiffs against Florida-based Green Roads used certificates of analysis the company makes freely available to consumers to determine that batches of two of the company’s products contained “significantly” less cannabidiol versus labeled amounts. A Florida federal court rejected the firm’s motion to dismiss, but it is interested in seeing how FDA rulemaking develops.

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Sunscreen Industry Faces Major Challenge In GRASE Push That OTC Monograph Reform Would Solve

Industry advocates working to support GRASE determinations for eight UV filters are faced with a dilemma. They would like to share nonpublic studies with the FDA on a confidential basis – at least to get initial temperature readings from the agency as to the studies’ usefulness in addressing data gaps – but under the current OTC monograph framework, no such pathway exists.

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What A Relief! Three German IBS Launches From Sanofi, Dr Kade, Dr Loges

Sanofi on trend with plant-based, app-supported Buscopan line extension, Dr Kade offers all-in-one gastrointestinal product and Dr Loges appeals to children with blueberry flavored supplement. 
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Health And Wellness Trademark Review 14 January, 2020

Trademarks are registered and published for opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office and are published weekly in the agency's Official Gazette.
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No More ‘Major’ Deals For GSK Consumer Before IPO – CEO Walmsley

GSK's CEO Emma Walmsley has effectively ruled out further big deals at its Consumer Healthcare unit before the business is separated from its parent through an IPO. 
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Spanish OTC Industry Round-Up: Esteve Buys Riemser, Cinfa Invests, ANEFP Trains Pharmacists

Esteve acquires Germany’s Riemser, Cinfa invests €200m over four years, and Spanish self-care association, ANEFP, restarts its successful pharmacy training program.

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For Switch Success, Dive Deeper Into Consumer Behaviour

Behavioral insights can help companies make a success of Rx-to-OTC switches, explains Hamell’s managing director Fiona Hammond, in an exclusive interview with HBW Insight. 

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HRA Pharma Taking On China With JV Partner

HRA is putting feet on the ground in China as it looks to establish itself in the world second-largest consumer health market. 
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Buckle Up, Industry: EWG Finds ‘4 Million Asbestos Fiber Structures’ In Makeup For Young Girls

US House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone took note on 16 January of the Environmental Working Group’s finding of asbestos contamination in a “Princess” makeup set intended for young girls. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-MI, will speak to the test results first, pushing her own legislation that would require asbestos testing of talc-containing children’s cosmetics in accordance with preferred methods.
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Colgate’s Tom’s Of Maine Back In Federal Court Over ‘Natural’ Claims

Tom's natural claims on toothpastes and deodorants are false and misleading, a plaintiff alleges in a proposed class action filed in Massachusetts federal court. Similar to previous complaints against Colgate/Tom’s, the plaintiff’s case is premised on the contention that “natural,” as opposed to “100% natural,” means no synthetic ingredients.

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California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Advances, But Industry Encouraged By Promised Revisions

The California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials voted yes to proposed AB 495 at a 14 January hearing in Sacramento. As drafted, the bill continues to face industry opposition, but its author and cosponsors have committed to changes that would align the legislation more closely with EU regulations and potentially resolve industry’s biggest concerns.

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IFRA Implements New Methodology With 49th Amendment To Fragrance Safety Standards

The International Fragrance Association has given its ingredient safety standards a major overhaul based on a new methodology that accounts for aggregate exposure and an updated Quantitative Risk Assessment model for dermal sensitization.

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House Agriculture Chairman Plants Seeds For FDA's CBD Policy With First Bill

Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson’s bill, the first targeting FDA’s CBD question, could provide an entire answer or it could set table for discussion in Congress about legislation on establishing an FDA regulation on using CBD, and potentially other hemp-derived substances, in products other than drugs subject to its oversight.

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Colgate Launches UK Vegan Toothpaste, Shares Recyclable Tube Technology

Colgate rolls out first recyclable toothpaste tube in UK with launch of Smile for Good. Selling now in retailers including Tesco and Morrisons, the line featuring Protection and Whitening versions is the first toothpaste certified by the Vegan Society.

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What A Relief! Three German IBS Launches From Sanofi, Dr Kade, Dr Loges

Sanofi on trend with plant-based, app-supported Buscopan line extension, Dr Kade offers all-in-one gastrointestinal product and Dr Loges appeals to children with blueberry flavored supplement. 
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Health And Wellness Trademark Review 14 January, 2020

Trademarks are registered and published for opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office and are published weekly in the agency's Official Gazette.
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CBD Safety And Hemp Farming Have Equal Space In Rep. Harris’ Concerns

“We ought to deal with this. There are questions on long-term safety and questions on efficacy claims that are just not proven,” says the Maryland Republican. “The biggest threat hanging over, in my mind, the farmers who want to grow hemp, is what if the FDA comes out tomorrow and says, ‘You can't sell any product’? The market collapses,”he said at a CBD policy conference.

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FDA Gets Message In Congress' First Cannabis Policy Hearing: Deliver CBD Regulation

During first-ever congressional hearing on federal policies for lawful use of cannabis, House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna Eschoo says with $2m appropriated to develop a regulation on CBD’s use in non-drug products during, FDA should deliver.

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Vous Vitamin Adds Pregnancy Products To Line Formulated On Customers’ Needs

Vous Vitamin rolls out a pre- and post-natal multivitamin line that factors in diet, lifestyle and pre-pregnancy health. Founders are doctors who say their personalized multivitamins differ from most other customized vitamin lines by delivering nutrition in two pills.
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House Agriculture Chairman Plants Seeds For FDA's CBD Policy With First Bill

Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson’s bill, the first targeting FDA’s CBD question, could provide an entire answer or it could set table for discussion in Congress about legislation on establishing an FDA regulation on using CBD, and potentially other hemp-derived substances, in products other than drugs subject to its oversight.

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For Switch Success, Dive Deeper Into Consumer Behaviour

Behavioral insights can help companies make a success of Rx-to-OTC switches, explains Hamell’s managing director Fiona Hammond, in an exclusive interview with HBW Insight. 

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Health And Wellness Trademark Review 7 January, 2020

Trademarks are registered and published for opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office and are published weekly in the agency's Official Gazette.
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Digital Advances In Consumer Health At CES: Oral Care, Nausea, Beauty Products

OTC drug, supplement and beauty firms are spreading into digital health devices showcased at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show as technological advancements help consumers reach health and wellness goals. Colgate debuted a smart toothbrush that detects biofilm build-up while L’Oreal introduced AI-powered skin care.

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