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US FDA Adds Hand Sanitizer Import Alert Category After COVID-19 Production Surge Turned Deadly

Action responds to methanol contamination in hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico and marketed in the US under numerous brands that followed a loosening standards for the products to drive a swift increase in production and meet surging demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

OTC Drugs FDA

Apple Series 6 Watch Pumps Mobile Access To Blood Oxygen Saturation Measurement

The company is sponsoring research on how the blood oxygen sensor feature on its Apple Watch 6 could be applied to specific health problems.

Commercial OTC Devices

Fitbit Has OTC Electrocardiogram App To Rival Apple, Samsung With Clearance In US, EU

Fitbit will launch its new Fitbit Sense smartwatch with ECG app in Europe, US, Hong Kong and India in October. 

Approvals FDA

Return Of Buying OTC Drugs With Pre-Tax Accounts Slow To Dawn On Consumers After 10-Year Sunset

"Because of what a lot of consumers are facing right now, layoffs, furloughs, working online, they may not be aware of how this health savings account benefit can serve them at this time,” says Finance Bar CEO Marsha Barnes. CHPA is preparing digital campaign to explain that health savings, flexible spending and similar pre-tax accounts once again can be used for direct purchases of OTC drugs.

OTC Drugs Legislation

Growing Clamor For Oral Contraceptive OTC Switch In UK

UK parliamentarians have added their voice to the growing calls for the MHRA to switch the daily oral contraceptive pill to OTC status. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the difficulties women face in accessing contraception, according to the politicians. 

Prescription To Otc Switch Regulation

NAD Case Reopened, But Fungi-Nail Marketer Fails Again With ‘#1 Pharmacist Recommended’ Claim

New Jersey-based Arcadia Consumer Healthcare, Inc., succeeded in reopening a 2018 National Advertising Division case involving its ‘#1 Pharmacist Recommended’ claim for the Fungi-Nail line, but failed again to convince the NAD that survey findings justify the claim.

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Latest From Deals & Health

Pharma Dealmaker Saunders Includes Wellness Space In Acquisition Group’s Investment Targets

Brent Saunder’s Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp. wants to raise up to $460m in a forthcoming IPO to buy companies in health care and medical market niches including wellness.

Financing Dietary Supplements

Nestle Pairs Nutrition Science Business With Pharma Firm Making Peanut Allergy Treatment

Nestle agrees to acquire Aimmune Therapeutics, maker of a drug indicated to reduce the severity of children’s allergic reactions to peanuts. It anticipates options to innovate in its consumer health children’s allergy business.

Dietary Supplements Consumer

Takeda Exits Japan's OTC Market With Private-Equity Sale

Takeda is to offload its sizable Japanese OTC operation to private-equity firm Blackstone, which has committed to making the business the country's leading consumer health player.

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On Appeal To Advertising Experts, P&G Gets Nod For ‘#1’ Claim With Brand Qualifier On Oral-B Picks

National Advertising Review Board says P&G’s #1” claim in a shield-shaped logo on Oral-B Precision Clean Interdental Picks package fronts “is adequately connected to the explanatory information," which states “from the makers of the #1 dentist recommended floss brand.”

Commercial OTC Devices

Fitbit Has OTC Electrocardiogram App To Rival Apple, Samsung With Clearance In US, EU

Fitbit will launch its new Fitbit Sense smartwatch with ECG app in Europe, US, Hong Kong and India in October. 

Approvals FDA

VGH Solutions Feels Pain In US Review For Basing OTC Device Ad Claims On Canada’s Approval

NAD advises VGH Solutions to pull pain relief claims and statements that am OTC device with FDA 510(k) clearance treats conditions including neuropathy. The firm offered studies and a Health Canada statement listing indications for the device to support claims not part of the US approved indication.

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Pharma Dealmaker Saunders Includes Wellness Space In Acquisition Group’s Investment Targets

Brent Saunder’s Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp. wants to raise up to $460m in a forthcoming IPO to buy companies in health care and medical market niches including wellness.

Financing Dietary Supplements

PharmaSGP's Chemical-Free OTCs A Hit With EU Consumers During COVID-19

Germany's PharmaSGP reported solid sales gains in the first half as European consumers snapped up its chemical-free OTCs and dietary supplement offering.

Sales & Earnings Europe

Stada Hints At Further Deals To Come As It Posts Big Sales Rise

Germany's Stada posts 22% jump in first half sales thanks to recent deals and reveals that more acquisitions may soon follow.

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Vi-Jon Says Hand Sanitizer False Advertising Suit Glosses Over ‘Common Germs’ Disclosure

A class action complaint in California’s Southern District, challenging the hand sanitizer manufacturer’s 99.99% germ-kill claim, ignores the asterisk on products’ primary display panels that links to a disclosure on rear labels, “*Effective at eliminating 99.99% of many common harmful germs & bacteria," according to Vi-Jon's 27 August motion to dismiss.

United States Advertising, Marketing & Sales

Hand Sanitizer Class Actions Highlight Need For FDA Regulatory Update

A growing number of class action complainants allege that 99.99% germ-killing claims on hand sanitizers are false and misleading. The suits cite potentially dangerous microorganisms that, according to plaintiffs, are impervious to active ingredients used in the category, and argue that bacteria reductions do not necessarily translate to illness or infection prevention.

United States Legal Issues

Trump's Order For US Agencies To 'Buy American' Essential Medicines Has China Bracing For Impact

Many materials subject to order, APIs needed for OTC as well as Rx drugs, are supplied by companies outside the US, and China accounts for the bulk of them. The order didn't specify countries and products, leaving decisions to FDA.

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Health And Wellness Trademark Review 8 September, 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.

Trademarks Dietary Supplements

Health And Wellness Trademark Review 1 September, 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.

OTC Drugs Dietary Supplements

Amazon Launches ‘Luxury Stores,’ Crest Reinvents Teeth Whitening, Monat Wellness; News In Brief

Brands starting with Oscar de la Renta are curating and customizing their own Amazon storerooms with the e-commerce giant’s new luxury products platform. More news in brief.

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RB Has Repositioned Durex For The COVID Generation

In a series of striking interventions, Reckitt Benckiser has transformed its flagship condoms and lubricants brand Durex for a new generation shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Health OTC Drugs

GSK Targets UK LGBTQ+ Community With Sensodyne And Voltarol

GSK Consumer Healthcare is increasing the "positive diversity and representation of LGBTQ+ people" in a series of new marketing campaigns for Sensodyne and Voltarol in the UK. 

Health OTC Drugs

Prestige Consumer’s Diverse Lineup Buoys Results As Pandemic Causes Slumps In Some Categories

Prestige Consumer Healthcare says pandemic-caused sales slump for many of its OTC drug products was offset somewhat by strong sales of brands including Dentek, Monistat and Summer’s Eve, which were boosted by targeted advertising and promotions.

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Latest From Ad Complaints & Health

On Appeal To Advertising Experts, P&G Gets Nod For ‘#1’ Claim With Brand Qualifier On Oral-B Picks

National Advertising Review Board says P&G’s #1” claim in a shield-shaped logo on Oral-B Precision Clean Interdental Picks package fronts “is adequately connected to the explanatory information," which states “from the makers of the #1 dentist recommended floss brand.”

Commercial OTC Devices

VGH Solutions Feels Pain In US Review For Basing OTC Device Ad Claims On Canada’s Approval

NAD advises VGH Solutions to pull pain relief claims and statements that am OTC device with FDA 510(k) clearance treats conditions including neuropathy. The firm offered studies and a Health Canada statement listing indications for the device to support claims not part of the US approved indication.

OTC Devices Enforcement

NAD Offers Complex And Fast Tracks: Not All Advertising Claim Reviews Are Alike

NAD will assign three attorneys at the beginning of each Complex Track review instead of one, director Laura Brett said in a recent interview. The industry self-regulation group also recently launched its Fast-Track program for more simple ad claim challenges that rarely have been made.

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