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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

CIR Expert Panel Seeks Proper Balance In Respiratory Exposure Doc, Says Particle Size Isn’t All-Important

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s efforts to finalize an Aerosols resource document show the program’s public interchange at work. At its Dec. 3-4 meeting, the CIR Expert Panel was divided on whether the document properly characterizes the importance of particle size in assessing the inhalation risks of ingredients in aerosol cosmetics, a point raised by NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Beauty Cosmetic Ingredients Safety

Swiss Regulatory Change Takes Over 500 OTCs Out Of Pharmacy

Swiss medicines authority, Swissmedic, rules that hundreds of non-prescription medicines are safe to be purchased outside pharmacy, following the completion of its review of the country's medicines classification system.
Regulation Prescription To Otc Switch Switzerland

How Pfizer Achieved 'Switch Success' With Viagra and Nexium

Pfizer secured two of the biggest prescription-to-OTC switches in recent years with the reclassification of Viagra and Nexium. Michelle Riddalls, Pfizer's director of regulatory affairs in Europe, offers her advice to firms looking to emulate this 'switch success'.

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An Expert’s Guide To Switching In Germany, Part 2: Improving The Reclassification Process

In Part 2 of this exclusive interview, Elmar Kroth, scientific director of the German Medicines Manufacturers´ Association, the BAH, tells HBW Insight what the association is doing to improve the prescription-to-OTC switch process in Germany. 
Market Intelligence Prescription To Otc Switch

Warnings Up As FDA Trims Its List Of Uninspected OTC Drug Manufacturers

Hundreds of foreign OTC drug firms marketing products in US had not been inspected for GMP compliance before FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 pointed agency toward crossing those facilities off its list. Of the foreign OTC facilities inspected between June 2016 and January 2018, 25% received "official action indicated" inspection results, prompting warning letters and import alerts.

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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

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. 
Health Business Strategies

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. 
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FDA Researchers Analyze OTC Spray, Powder Products, Finding Possible Respiratory Risks

Of 32 OTC drug products intended for topical uses but marketed in spray or powder forms – mostly sunscreens and antiperspirants – the powder formulas overall contained larger percentages of particles in the sub-5 µm range capable of penetrating deep into the lungs. The researchers say the study does not reflect agency views or policies but could be useful to FDA in its public health mission.

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Suave 'Beautiful As' Bath & Body Works Claim Deemed Puffery In NAD Review

Council of Better Business Bureaus Division review Unilever claims for Suave Essentials on challenge by L Brands, which argued “as beautiful as” is linked to a specific product attribute – fragrance – and expressly compares Unilever's products to Bath & Body Works products. L Brands contended “as beautiful as” is equivalent to claim “as appealing as,” which NAD concluded was unsubstantiated in 2016.

Beauty Regulation

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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Recruitment Begins For UK Health Claims Committee In Preparation For Brexit

With time running out for the UK to ratify its Withdrawal Agreement from the EU, the government has begun recruitment for a new Nutrition and Health Claims Committee which will take on the activities of EFSA in the event of a no deal.
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FDA Asks Whether Supplement Industry Has Outgrown Regulatory Framework

Commissioner Gottlieb appointed working group at FDA 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.

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