Magazine article Drug Topics

Here Come New Products for Cough, Cold, and Flu Season

Magazine article Drug Topics

Here Come New Products for Cough, Cold, and Flu Season

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With the cough, cold, and flu season right around the corner, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are releasing new OTCs for these conditions. Here's a sampling of what consumers will find on store shelves:

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is unwrapping Comtrex Deep Chest Cold, a liquid gel caplet intended to alleviate a variety of symptoms, including congestion, sore throat, headache, fever, stuffy nose, body aches, and pain. The product contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine HCI.

Another new entry from BMS is Comtrex Flu Therapy The box contains 18 coated capsules for daytime and six tablets for nighttime relief. Both formulas contain acetaminophen as well as pseudoephedrine HCI, a nasal decongestant. The nighttime product contains chlorpheniramine maleate, an antihistamine.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is launching three Children's Motrin Non-Staining Dye-Free liquid analgesics. Infant's Motrin Non-Staining DyeFree Concentrated Drops are available in a 1-oz. size. The suggested retail price is $7.49 to $8.49. The second product is Children's Motrin Non-Staining DyeFree Suspension for pain and fever reduction. The suggested retail price for 4 oz. is $5.49 to $6.29. The third formula is Children's Motrin Non-Staining Dye-Free Cold Suspension, which contains pseudoephedrine for stuffy noses. The suggested retail price for 4 oz. is $5.49 to $5.99.

Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, is unveiling Vicks NyQuil Cough in cherry flavor. The company's Web site states, "Unlike those cough medicines you have to take every four hours, new NyQuil Cough is made to last all night. It's specially formulated for nighttime coughs to help you sleep all night." Ingredients include dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, and doxylamine succinate, an antihistamine. The product is recommended for patients aged 12 and over.

Whitehall-Robins, Madison, NJ., is rolling out two new products. Robitussin Sunny Orange Vitamin C Supplement Drops are designed to prevent colds and shorten their duration and to calm coughs and sore throats. The product contains 60 mg of Centrum Vitamin C per drop and 5% real orange juice. The suggested retail price is $1.59 for a 25-count bag.

The company is also debuting Robitussin Flu, a product indicated for relief of symptoms assodated with cold or flu, hay fever, or other respiratory allergies, including headache; cough; runny nose; nasal congestion; muscular aches; sneezing; sore throat; fever; minor aches and pains; itchy, watery eyes; and itching of the nose or throat. …

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