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Welcome to HBW Insight: A Note From the Editors

HBW Insight aims not only to report daily on the biggest OTC drug, cosmetic and dietary supplement news and developments, but also to highlight crossover opportunities and help stakeholders navigate emerging challenges in these increasingly interconnected sectors. The editors and Client Services are standing by to assist with access issues or questions about the new platform.

Consumer Beauty Health

REACH Data Requirements For Nanoform Substances Just Got Stiffer

Manufacturers and importers of nanoform substances must meet new REACH information requirements by Jan. 1, 2020, under a regulation adopted by the European Commission Dec. 3. The European Chemicals Agency is considering issuing guidance to support industry’s compliance efforts.

Regulation Cosmetic Ingredients Europe

An Expert’s Guide To Switching In Germany, Part 1: Navigating The Reclassification Process

Elmar Kroth, scientific director of the German Medicines Manufacturers´ Association, the BAH, talks exclusively to HBW Insight about prescription-to-OTC switching in Germany and the association’s efforts to improve this process.

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HRA Pharma Reveals Big Growth Ambitions In Quest To Become Top-10 OTC Player

A combination of prescription-to-OTC switches, acquisitions and maximising the potential of its existing portfolio will take France’s HRA Pharma to the next level, reveals chief commercial officer Martyn Hilton. 
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Dietary Supplement Firms' Sun Protection Claims Scorched In NAD Review

National Advertising Division advises firms marketing supplements with claims to protect skin from sun rays to discontinue statements similar to claims made by four supplement firms FDA warned in May. Novahue and Dermatology Industry both disagreed with NAD but would comply with its recommendations.

Wellness Health

TummyZen Firm Appeals After Heartburn Claims Don't Settle Well In NAD Review

Eli Consumer Healthcare is latest supplement marketer National Advertising Division has advised that tests of separate ingredients do not support claims for a whole product. Following NADs review of TummyZen claims on challenge by Tums firm GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Consumer appeals NAD's recommendations to discontinue claims that its supplement “stops acid production,” is “acid inhibiting,” “halts the secretion of chloride ions in your parietal cells to regulate the release of acid into your stomach,” “supports stomach lining” and is “long lasting."

Wellness Health

NiQuitin 'New Year, New You' Campaign Returns With Real-Life Quitter Testimonial

Perrigo's 'New Year, New You' UK campaign for its smoking cessation brand NiQuitin returns in 2019 with a new 'real life quitter' television spot. 
Health OTC Drugs

France’s AFIPA Hits Back After Health Minister Takes Swipe At Self-Medication

French OTC industry association unhappy with health minister’s suggestion that certain non-reimbursed medicines are “useless”.

Health OTC Drugs

Unlock M&A Growth Potential Through Outsourcing

Adopting an effective outsourcing strategy will enable consumer healthcare players to get the most out of their acquisitions, says Baird’s Vincenzo di Nicola.

Business Strategies Health

Bricks-And-Mortar Pharmacy In The Crosshairs As Zur Rose Aims To Become The Amazon Of European Healthcare

Swiss supply chain disruptor Zur Rose wants to break up the ancient monopoly of European bricks-and-mortar pharmacy and replace it with a tech-driven healthcare offering to rival that of retail giant Amazon, according to a member of the firm’s board, Olaf Heinrich.

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Strange Bedfellows: P&G To Launch Herbal Essences Shampoos With ‘EWG Verified’ Mark

The consumer goods giant’s patronage of the Environmental Working Group’s ‘EWG Verified’ program could be a case of “If you can’t beat them, join them.” P&G says the mark will serve to reassure consumers that the Herbal Essences products meet the clean beauty standards of “very tough critics.”

Beauty Advertising, Marketing & Sales

Dietary Supplement Firms' Sun Protection Claims Scorched In NAD Review

National Advertising Division advises firms marketing supplements with claims to protect skin from sun rays to discontinue statements similar to claims made by four supplement firms FDA warned in May. Novahue and Dermatology Industry both disagreed with NAD but would comply with its recommendations.

Wellness Health

CoverGirl Introduces Full Spectrum Makeup As ‘Fenty Effect’ Continues To Resonate

“Understanding that inclusivity goes far beyond shade ranges, Full Spectrum was developed with the unique shade AND skin needs of multicultural women in mind,” according to a Coty/CoverGirl rep. The line is available now at Ulta.com, with a wider rollout planned for February 2019.

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Personal-Care Ingredient News In Brief: UC Berkeley Study Makes Waves; PFAS In Cosmetics; More

Girls with elevated urinary concentrations of methyl paraben and propyl paraben biomarkers at age nine showed signs of entering puberty earlier than their peers, according to a UC Berkeley study focused on possible adverse impacts of personal-care product use. More news in brief.     
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Crown Labs Spreads Out, GSK Narrows Focus In OTC Skin Care Brand Deal

GSK further narrows consumer health focus with sale to Crown Labs of North American distribution rights for PanOxyl acne wash, Sarna anti-itch lotion, Zeasorb anti-fungal product, Desenex athlete’s foot treatment and Mineral Ice pain-relieving gel. Deals also helps UK pharma pay for its $5.1bn acquisition of oncology drug firm Tesaro.

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FDA Says No Decision Reached Yet On Oxybenzone/Octinoxate Ban Petition

According to industry, available scientific evidence regarding oxybenzone’s and octinoxate’s effects on coral does not support their removal from the OTC sunscreen drug monograph’s list of permitted UV filters, and FDA is fully compliant with federal environmental laws, contrary to the Center for Biological Diversity’s suggestions. FDA says the petition raises complex issues requiring extensive review.

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FDA Asks Whether Supplement Industry Has Outgrown Regulatory Framework

Commissioner Gottlieb appointed working group of FDA staff and industry stakeholders to evaluate agency's existing structure and strategies for oversight of supplement sector. Group's findings will determine extent of potential changes in regulatory authorities agency will ask members of Congress to establish through legislation. Action plan expected in early 2019.

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Dietary Supplement Firms' Sun Protection Claims Scorched In NAD Review

National Advertising Division advises firms marketing supplements with claims to protect skin from sun rays to discontinue statements similar to claims made by four supplement firms FDA warned in May. Novahue and Dermatology Industry both disagreed with NAD but would comply with its recommendations.

Wellness Health

UrgoNight Can Train Your Brain To Sleep Better

French start-up firm Urgo Tech will soon be offering consumers in the US, France and UK a way to use neurofeedback technology to train themselves to sleep better. 
Wellness Dietary Supplements

TummyZen Firm Appeals After Heartburn Claims Don't Settle Well In NAD Review

Eli Consumer Healthcare is latest supplement marketer National Advertising Division has advised that tests of separate ingredients do not support claims for a whole product. Following NADs review of TummyZen claims on challenge by Tums firm GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Consumer appeals NAD's recommendations to discontinue claims that its supplement “stops acid production,” is “acid inhibiting,” “halts the secretion of chloride ions in your parietal cells to regulate the release of acid into your stomach,” “supports stomach lining” and is “long lasting."

Wellness Health

Products Provider Nutrisystem Moves To Fitness Services Firm Tivity For $1.4Bn

Nutrisystem's sale to Tivity Health comes after a year of expanding its nutritional products and related services with daily vitamin packs, nutritional bars and shakes and genetic-based analysis for a personal action plan focused on eating behaviors, nutrition and metabolism. Tivity's move into providing products, though, didn’t go over well with investors.

Wellness Advertising, Marketing & Sales

UK To Overhaul Health Claims Approval In Event of 'No Deal' Brexit

In the event of a no deal Brexit, new health claims approved by EFSA will not be valid in the UK. Firms will need to seek approval from the new UKNHCC body.

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