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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

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.
Wellness Regulation

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.

Health OTC Drugs

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

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.

United States Wellness

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.

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Latest From Deals

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

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.

Health M & A

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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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

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."

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Latest From Sales & Earnings

Edgewell’s Q4 Reflects Ongoing Men’s Shave Challenges, REACH Sun-Care Reformulation

Despite positive impacts from its Hydro 5 Sense and Intuition f.a.b. razor launches, Edgewell’s global Wet Shave business declined in the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2018. The firm remains focused on slashing costs, an effort that wasn’t helped by a Q4 charge related to REACH ingredient substitution.

Sales & Earnings Business Strategies

Improvement in margin pleases GSK’s Walmsley

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is making “very good progress” on improving margins at its Consumer Healthcare business, according to chief executive officer Emma Walmsley.

Health OTC Drugs

Supply issues troubling Bayer Consumer Health

Bayer reported some encouraging third-quarter developments at its Consumer Health business, including the return to shelves of a key OTC brand in China. But there is still more to be done to complete the unit’s turnaround, says global Consumer Health head Heiko Schipper.

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Latest From Legal Issues

FDA Closes Another Business Smuggling Drugs From China As Dietary Ingredients

Importer Pure Assay Ingredients, owners Lynn Chau and Bao Luu charged in seven-count indictment with conspiring to deceive US Customs with stimulants labeled as melatonin, sucralose or other dietary ingredients. Also charged are two Chinese citizens who worked for Pure Assay in Chengdu, China, to bring the illegal substances to the US.


United States Dietary Supplements

Unilever Names New CEO; Sexy Hair’s $2.3m ‘Sulfate-Free’ Settlement; More Cosmetics News In Brief

Henkel’s Sexy Hair Concepts and Ulta will settle with plaintiffs over alleged “sulfate-free” deception, to the tune of $2.3m; Unilever’s Dermalogica is suing Target for unauthorized selling of diverted products. More cosmetics news in brief.

Legal Issues Leadership

'Free Trial' Plus False Claims Equals More FTC Enforcement In Supplement Market

FTC on consecutive days announced court order closing a California business allegedly charging consumers for products and enrolling them in negative-option continuity plans without their consent after they responded to bogus free trial online offers, and started mailing 16,596 checks totaling more than $750,000 to consumers who bought deceptively marketed supplements from a Maine firm that also lured customers with a free trial pitch.

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Latest From Launches

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

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.

Beauty Launches

Health, Beauty And Wellness Launches: Vitamin Packs Physician Portal, MTN DEW Game Fuel, CBD Gum, Gummies

PepsiCo Game Fuel for gamers; CBDx ready for 'explosive' demand with gummies; Kali's Hemp4Mula starts with gum; and Vitamin Packs has nutrition portal for physicians.

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Latest From Ad Campaigns

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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