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No Plans To Remove CBD Products From Shelves, Says UK Food Regulator

CBD products already on the UK market are safe for now, as the country's Food Standards Agency says it will not take action while it works out how to implement the new European Union novel food regulations. 

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Polish Industry Fighting Against Advertising Tax On Supplements

Advertising dietary supplements in Poland will incur a new tax under proposals from the country's Ministry of Health. While the government claims the motivation is to promote healthy eating choices, industry says supplements have been unfairly linked to poor dietary choices without evidence.
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Grooming Investments Pay Off, Merck OTCs Count Organically In P&G's Latest Quarter

P&G’s grooming segment grew 4% in its latest quarter, the third consecutive of organic growth as the Gillette brand wins 18m customers in 12 months. The results suggest investments the company made to ward off subscription-based competitors are starting to pay off.

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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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FDA Preemption Comment Could Sway California Against Prop 65 Warnings For Acetaminophen

 Food and drug attorneys suggest it is unlikely California will require Prop 65 warnings on OTC acetaminophen products after FDA tells the state that warnings would violate federal regulations. FDA also says sciences doesn't support a conclusion acetaminophen can cause cancer and that the warnings would confuse consumers.
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More GMP Warnings, Import Alerts For OTC Firms As US FDA Capped List Of Uninspected Facilities

Most of the foreign OTC drug firms targeted in latest warnings FDA published, including the GUM oral care brand manufacturer, were placed on import alert due to GMP violations. Each was inspected by FDA during June, July or May 2019, when the agency was wrapping up an initiative to inspect all previously uninspected drug manufacturers.

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'Purple Drank' Drug Cocktail Linked To France's Latest Reverse-Switch

Promethazine has been reverse-switched from OTC to prescription status in France, with rising abuse of the drug in the so-called Purple Drank cocktail one of the motivating factors for the move by the country's health ministry.
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Shuttered US Supplement Firm Meets Recall Deadline, But Schumer Says FDA Late Cleaning Up Industry

While contract manufacturer ABH Nature' complied with consent decree, Sen. Chuck Schumer says FDA is late in enforcing against noncompliant firms across the supplement sector. Other recent consumer health recalls include more OTC ranitidine tablets due to the potential carcinogen NDMA found in the heartburn ingredient and four versions of Sure 48HR Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant with labeling errors.

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Colgate Says Hello To Subscription-Delivery Wtih Oral Care Line Acquisition

Colgate agrees to purchase Hello Products direct-to-consumer oral care brand, complementing  its Colgate brand and its Tom’s of Maine natural-positioned line. The firm will pay with a combination of cash and debt in the deal expected to close no later than the end of February.

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Neuraxpharm Underlines OTC Ambitions With Easypharm Acquisition

Austria's Easypharm has been snapped up by Neuraxpharm, which is looking to take a larger slice of Europe's consumer healthcare market.
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EU Ban Looms On Cosmetic Microplastic: Time To Dig In On Biodegradable Plastic Criteria?

Biodegradable plastic alternatives for use in cosmetic products were left unaddressed, and thus arguably unusable, under the US Microbead-Free Waters Act enacted in late 2015. European industry stakeholders now face the prospect of a far more extensive microplastic ban, and the viability of bioplastics to replace conventional, petroleum-based microplastics is an area in need of work.

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More GMP Warnings, Import Alerts For OTC Firms As US FDA Capped List Of Uninspected Facilities

Most of the foreign OTC drug firms targeted in latest warnings FDA published, including the GUM oral care brand manufacturer, were placed on import alert due to GMP violations. Each was inspected by FDA during June, July or May 2019, when the agency was wrapping up an initiative to inspect all previously uninspected drug manufacturers.

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P&G Causes Friction With UK Cosmetics Firm Over Ad Claim

Can shaving ever be “friction free”? Not according to Procter & Gamble, which challenged in a complaint to the UK Advertising Standards Authority a claim made by a British cosmetics firm FFS that it provided a “friction free” shaving experience for women via its subscription razor service.

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Unilever Hit With Class Action Over Mercury-Laced Pond’s Cream Originating In Mexico

According to the plaintiff, Unilever’s Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream is defective insofar as tested product has been found to contain unlabeled mercury, constituting negligence that has resulted in user injuries. The plaintiff seeks certification of a transnational class and compensatory and punitive damages, among other relief.

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Shuttered US Supplement Firm Meets Recall Deadline, But Schumer Says FDA Late Cleaning Up Industry

While contract manufacturer ABH Nature' complied with consent decree, Sen. Chuck Schumer says FDA is late in enforcing against noncompliant firms across the supplement sector. Other recent consumer health recalls include more OTC ranitidine tablets due to the potential carcinogen NDMA found in the heartburn ingredient and four versions of Sure 48HR Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant with labeling errors.

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Colgate Says Hello To Subscription-Delivery Wtih Oral Care Line Acquisition

Colgate agrees to purchase Hello Products direct-to-consumer oral care brand, complementing  its Colgate brand and its Tom’s of Maine natural-positioned line. The firm will pay with a combination of cash and debt in the deal expected to close no later than the end of February.

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HBW Product Launches: New Chapter Collagen, Alkamind Acid-Kicking, GNC China, Tetra Bio Canada, More

GNC, Harbin launch supplements in China following regulatory approval; Bee Gone expands with allergy swabs; Bed, Bath & Beyond expands distribution of CBDMedic personal care products promoted by Rob Gronkowski; Tetra Bio has Canadian OK For hemorrhoid and pain relief OTCs, US and European pending; Agrozen offers Urban Daze CBD products; New Chapter portfolio expansion also includes fermented vitamins, elderberry supplements and magnesium; and Alkamind’s Acid-Kicking Coffee Alkalizer creamers help neutralize acid from coffee.

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Vitamin Shoppe Launches Vthrive 'Clean' Brand, Opens Shops At LA Fitness Gyms

One month into being owned by investment firm, VSI launches Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe brand of “simply clean” vitamins, minerals, supplements, and essential oils and is opening stores inside locations of national gym chain LA Fitness.

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Shuttered US Supplement Firm Meets Recall Deadline, But Schumer Says FDA Late Cleaning Up Industry

While contract manufacturer ABH Nature' complied with consent decree, Sen. Chuck Schumer says FDA is late in enforcing against noncompliant firms across the supplement sector. Other recent consumer health recalls include more OTC ranitidine tablets due to the potential carcinogen NDMA found in the heartburn ingredient and four versions of Sure 48HR Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant with labeling errors.

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Health And Wellness Trademark Review 21 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 Regulatory Imprimatur In UK For Scottish Firm’s Hangover Remedy Claim

Bounce Back Drinks sought to establish its bona fides as a registered consumer product provider, but statements referencing ASA, EFSA and MHRA imply the agencies reviewed and approved its product and advertising. Plus, hangover remedy claims are prohibited under UK regulations.

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HBW US Executive Decisions: Engle Leaves FTC, Changes At Nature's Bounty, CRN And Benev

Mary Engle led FTC enforcement actions including against POM Wonderful’s claims for its pomegranate supplements; Huber is CRN’s scientific and regulatory affairs VP and Amanda Darlington is government relations director; Jones takes charge of Nature’s Bounty supply chain; and Benev Co. names five aesthetic experts to Medical Advisory Board to advance its “medically developed cosmeceutical line.”
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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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