Magazine article Drug Topics

Take Me out to the Drugstore: New OTCs Treat Sprains, Strains

Magazine article Drug Topics

Take Me out to the Drugstore: New OTCs Treat Sprains, Strains

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SELF-CARE

Spring is around the corner. And that means those thirty, forty, fifty something consumers will be combing the aisles in search of products to relieve the sprains and strains caused by their zealous participation in weekend sports. Here's a sampling of what weekend warriors will find on pharmacy shelves for the 2002 season:

*Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Tosu Saga, Japan, is offering Salonsip AquaPatch for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with bruises, sprains, simple backache, and arthritis. The external pain-relieving cooling patch is for adults and for children 12 years of age and older. The active ingredient is menthol. The company is also marketing Salonpas Gel Patch for relief of aches, pains, and inflammations. It is "fully stretchable" so that it can be put on any part of the body The company is also unwrapping Salonpas Gel, a topical analgesic for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. Yet another offering is Air Salonpas, an external pain-- relieving spray that cools in addition to providing analgesic action.

*Book Jackets & Hot Pockets, Culver City, Calif., is rolling out Hot Pockets, microwave heat packs that come in a choice of designer fabric covers. When microwaved, the product will provide up to 30 minutes of warmth and ministers to tennis elbows, stiff knees, sore backs, and chilly feet. Stored in a freezer, Hot Pockets can also be used as a cold pack

*For those athletes who require first aid, Johnson & Johnson is launching several new products. The firm claims J&J First Aid Advanced Healing adhesive pads are designed to help wounds heal faster and with less pain and scarring, protect wounds from dirt and germs, and cushion wounds from everyday bumps. The company is also introducing Quick Stop sterile gauze pads. The 2-in. x 2-in. pads are intended to stop bleeding twice as fast as regular gauze.

A third new item from Johnson & Johnson is Rolled Gauze with Watergard. The product is touted as a "convenient, water-- resistant dressing application" that is self-securing and sticks to itself, not to skin, offering a water-resistant coating for better protection and fewer dressing changes. …

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