Magazine article Drug Topics

To Everything a Season, and Here It Comes

Magazine article Drug Topics

To Everything a Season, and Here It Comes

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What new over-the-counter products will pharmacists have at their disposal to plasate cough and cold sufferers this fall and winter? Consider the following:

* Novartis Consumer Health began rolling out Triaminic Softchews tablets nationally this summer for the '99/2000 cough/cold season. Novartis is also offering TheraFlu Chest Congestion and Cough, the first of its formulas with an expectorant (guaifenesin).

* Schering-Plough, Liberty Corner, N.J., has replaced its Coricidin HBP nighttime cough and cold liquid formulation with capsules. The firm markets Cold & Flu, Nighttime Cough & Cold, and Regular Cough & Cold line for high blood pressure patients. It has teamed up with the American Heart Association to offer High Blood Pressure & OTC Medications wallet cards for pharmacists to give to their patients. The cards list types and specific examples of OTC medications that should generally be avoided by hypertensive patients and help patients read OTC labels and choose medications that will not further elevate their blood pressure.

* McNeil Consumer Healthcare's sore throat line will be extended in October to include Tylenol Sore Throat liquids. The product, available in 8-oz. cherry and honey-lemon flavors, will carry a warning that children under 12 years of age should not take this product. Full distribution is expected by October for McNeil's Motrin Cold & Flu and Sinus Headache line. Sinus Headache will be available in 20- and 40-count caplets. Cold & Flu will come in 10and 20-count sizes. The products contain ibuprofen 200 mg and pseudoephedrine 30 mg.

Next month, Tom's of Maine (Kennebunk) will unveil a new OTC product line. The cough and cold product offerings contain no artificial sweeteners, dyes, or artificial additives. The firm recently acquired Green Mountain Herbs, Saxtons River, Vt., and will produce herbal extracts and a specialty line of herbs under both companies' names. A line of wellness teas is on the drawing board. The cough and cold line includes Natural Echinacea and Natural Decongestant with Pseudoephedrine & Echinacea. The products will be available initially in mass-market drugstores in New England.

Also in Tom's of Maine's fall coldseason stable is Natural Cough & Cold Lozenges with Zinc and Echinacea, and Natural Throat Soothers containing menthol and slippery elm. Natural Cough & Cold rub with camphor and menthol is also part of the product line-up. …

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