Content about Over-the-counter drug

November 14, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has requested label and packaging changes of certain over-the-counter topical antiseptic products, according to an FDA MedWatch alert.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has requested label and packaging changes of certain over-the-counter topical antiseptic products, according to an FDA MedWatch alert emailed Thursday. "We are requesting that manufacturers package antiseptics indicated for preoperative or preinjection skin preparation in single-use containers," the alert stated. "The antiseptics in these single-use containers should be applied only one time to one patient.

November 13, 2013

Sohm on Tuesday announced the U.S. launch of its umbrella brand SohMed, positioning the company in the generic over-the-counter medicines segment for indications of pain, fever, cold, antacid and alertness.

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Sohm on Tuesday announced the U.S. launch of its umbrella brand SohMed, positioning the company in the generic over-the-counter medicines segment for indications of pain, fever, cold, antacid and alertness.

November 8, 2013

The Senate this past week heard legislation that would reverse the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandating a prescription on the sale of an over-the-counter medicine being paid for through a flexible spending account. All those in the retail pharmacy industry are staunch supporters of the legislation.

And that's because retail pharmacy gets it. It's not about the sales — has anyone ever heard of a consumer who decided not to purchase a pain reliever or cough syrup because it wasn't an eligible FSA purchase without a trip to their doctor? No. That person doesn't exist — they'll buy the same amount of OTCs to cure what's ailing them with an FSA as without an FSA. No, it's about the value inherent within OTCs. It's about tapping into that value to the benefit of both consumers and overall health care.

The Senate this past week heard legislation that would reverse the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandating a prescription on the sale of an over-the-counter medicine being paid for through a flexible spending account. All those in the retail pharmacy industry are staunch supporters of the legislation. 

November 7, 2013

New Senate legislation introduced Tuesday that would restore consumers’ ability to use pre-tax dollars from flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without first seeing a doctor has been jointly endorsed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — New Senate legislation introduced Tuesday that would restore consumers’ ability to use pre-tax dollars from flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without first seeing a doctor has been jointly endorsed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association. 

November 6, 2013

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday introduced legislation that repeals a portion of Obamacare that prohibits people from using their medical savings account funds to buy over-the-counter medications.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday introduced legislation that repeals a portion of Obamacare that prohibits people from using their medical savings account funds to buy over-the-counter medications. Under current law, plan participants may no longer use funds from these accounts to purchase OTC medications, unless they have a prescription for the medication.

November 6, 2013

Rite Aid has stopped selling some cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Rite Aid has stopped selling some cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia, according to published reports.

The Charleston, W.Va., Gazette reported that the chain would stop selling medicines that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient, such as Sudafed 12 Hour and Sudafed 24 Hour, though they would continue selling products that combine pseudoephedrine with other ingredients like antihistamines and painkillers.

October 18, 2013

Chattem recently announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Nasacort Allergy 24HR nasal spray (triamcinolone intranasal) as an over-the-counter treatment for seasonal and year-round nasal allergies. And that means by spring 2014, there will be another allergy powerhouse alongside Allegra, Claritin and Zyrtec.

Chattem recently announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Nasacort Allergy 24HR nasal spray (triamcinolone intranasal) as an over-the-counter treatment for seasonal and year-round nasal allergies. And that means by spring 2014, there will be another allergy powerhouse alongside Allegra, Claritin and Zyrtec. 

October 3, 2013

A patient may be able to eat all of the ice cream he wants after having his tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say he doesn't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain — an over-the-counter pain reliever is just as effective.

DETROIT — A patient may be able to eat all of the ice cream he wants after having his tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say he doesn't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain — an over-the-counter pain reliever is just as effective.

The study released Monday found over-the-counter ibuprofen manages pain after a tonsillectomy for children and adults, as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen with hydrocodone and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children.

October 2, 2013

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday collaborated to spread awareness about over-the-counter cough medicine abuse among parents and communities in recognition of annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.

WASHINGTON — The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday collaborated to spread awareness about over-the-counter cough medicine abuse among parents and communities in recognition of annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.

October 2, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing S.B. 465 into law, which clarifies the current state law on the use of empty space between the product and excess container capacity , commonly referred to as “nonfunctional slack fill.”

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing S.B. 465 into law, which clarifies the current state law on the use of empty space between the product and excess container capacity, commonly referred to as “nonfunctional slack fill.”

October 1, 2013

Customers at Rite Aid have a chance to win $2,500 in gift cards in a contest that celebrates American Pharmacists Month in October.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Customers at Rite Aid have a chance to win $2,500 in gift cards in a contest that celebrates American Pharmacists Month in October.

September 26, 2013

Merck Consumer Care announced that Oxytrol for Women is now on shelf for the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck Consumer Care on Wednesday announced that Oxytrol for Women is now on shelf for the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder. Oxytrol for Women is a thin, flexible patch that is discreetly applied to the abdomen, hip or buttock once every four days for the relief of overactive bladder in women. It is the first and only over-the-counter option that treats the OAB symptoms — urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency — which can take a physical and emotional toll on women.

September 20, 2013

Perrigo Co. has hired a former Food and Drug Administration official for its regulatory department, the drug maker said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo Co. has hired a former Food and Drug Administration official for its regulatory department, the drug maker said Friday.

The Allegan, Mich.-based drug maker announced the appointment of Keith Webber as head of regulatory review, a position in which he will start on Oct. 21. Webber previously served as acting director of the FDA's Office of Pharmaceutical Science, part of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, which regulates prescription and OTC drugs. He also served as director of the Office of Generic Drugs.

August 19, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association asked the Food and Drug Administration to take action to ensure that the millions of caretakers who use acetaminophen products in young children have access to convenient and accurate dosing information.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Monday asked the Food and Drug Administration to take action to ensure that the millions of caretakers who use acetaminophen products in young children have access to convenient and accurate dosing information.

August 12, 2013

The new private-label dressing is based on the Medihoney HCS dressing, which is an ideal dressing for dry to lightly exuding wounds including minor burns, cuts and abrasions. The dressing is expected to be on the shelves in more than 4,000 stores by the end of September.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Derma Sciences, Inc., a medical device and pharmaceutical company focused on advanced wound care, today reported that it has made an initial shipment of its first honey-based over-the-counter product to a leading U.S.-based pharmacy chain. This private-label dressing is based on the Medihoney HCS dressing, which is an ideal dressing for dry to lightly exuding wounds including minor burns, cuts and abrasions. The dressing is expected to be on the shelves in more than 4,000 stores by the end of September.

August 8, 2013

CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the launch of a new online Drug Information Center on CVS.com, which was developed to help consumers take control of their health by providing them with drug information and a variety of innovative resources.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the launch of a new online Drug Information Center on CVS.com, which was developed to help consumers take control of their health by providing them with drug information and a variety of innovative resources.

August 1, 2013

Sanofi Wednesday evening announced that the Food and Drug Administration's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee voted 10-6 in favor of its switch application of the nasal corticosteroid Nasacort AQ. Two committee members abstained.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Sanofi Wednesday evening announced that the Food and Drug Administration's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee voted 10-6 in favor of its switch application of the nasal corticosteroid Nasacort AQ. Two committee members abstained. 

July 29, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association endorsed the Restoring Access to Medication Act (H.R. 2835), which would repeal a requirement enacted into law as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires consumers to obtain a prescription in order to utilize their flexible spending arrangements and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Friday endorsed the Restoring Access to Medication Act (H.R. 2835) introduced by Reps. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., and John Barrow, D-Ga., which would repeal a requirement enacted into law as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires consumers to obtain a prescription in order to utilize their flexible spending arrangements and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines.

July 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has granted the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step exclusive marketing rights for three years, according to published reports.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has granted the manufacturer of Plan B One-Step exclusive marketing rights for three years, according to published reports.

According to the New York Times, the decision by the FDA sets Teva Pharmaceuticals as the only company able to sell the drug over-the-counter and without a prescription to a person of any age.

July 15, 2013

While today's cost-conscious consumers are increasingly choosing private-label over-the-counter medications over national name brands, new qualitative research from Market Strategies International has identified a high level of loyalty to name brands for consumers who believe they need "more" from their medications, Market Strategies noted in a report released last week.

LIVONIA, Mich. — While today's cost-conscious consumers are increasingly choosing private-label over-the-counter medications over national name brands, new qualitative research from Market Strategies International has identified a high level of loyalty to name brands for consumers who believe they need "more" from their medications, Market Strategies noted in a report released last week.

July 10, 2013

Many patients are not complying with their prescription drug therapies due to adverse side effects, even though some OTC drugs can treat them, according to a new study commissioned by a maker of products for dry mouth, one of the most common medication side effects.

PITTSBURGH — Many patients are not complying with their prescription drug therapies due to adverse side effects, even though some OTC drugs can treat them, according to a new study commissioned by a maker of products for dry mouth, one of the most common medication side effects.

July 1, 2013

CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing OTC products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing OTC products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.

June 21, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a contraceptive pill for all women of childbearing potential without a prescription, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a contraceptive pill for all women of childbearing potential without a prescription, the agency said.

The FDA said the new approval of Teva Women's Health's Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) was to comply with an April 5 federal court order to make emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel available over the counter without age or point-of-sale restrictions.

June 19, 2013

A large majority of Americans are taking prescription drugs, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A large majority of Americans are taking prescription drugs, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic.

The study, published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that nearly 70% of Americans are taking at least one drug, and more than half are taking two. Most of the drugs are antibiotics, antidepressants and opioid painkillers. Researchers said the data, which came from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, would be valuable because it would give insight into prescribing practices.

June 11, 2013

The emergency contraceptive Plan B (the original two-tablet formulation) can now be sold as an OTC without any sales restrictions as the Obama administration concedes its fight to prevent nonprescription access to younger teenage girls. And soon the newer Plan B One Step (one tablet) will be available without sales restrictions as well.

NEW YORK — The emergency contraceptive Plan B (the original two-tablet formulation) can now be sold as an OTC without any sales restrictions as the Obama administration concedes its fight to prevent nonprescription access to younger teenage girls. And soon the newer Plan B One Step (one tablet) will be available without sales restrictions as well.