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It’s Complicated: Health Care Act Simplifies Buying OTCs With Pre-Tax Accounts

CHPA gives tempered support for White House-backed legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act because it would eliminate requirement that consumers can only use pre-tax savings accounts for OTCs if they have a prescription.

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Singapore Eye Wash Maker Blinks At US FDA's OTC Monograph, GMPs

A warning FDA submitted March 16 says Opto-Pharm's "Buffered Eye & Skin" product – distributed in the US by Cintas under the Xpect and First Aid Direct brands – are not labeled or formulated in accordance with the agency's ophthalmic drug products monograph.

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Hawaii's Proposed Oxybenzone Sunscreen Ban Fails Science Test – CHPA

CHPA commits to fighting against onslaught of bills in Hawaii aiming to ban or limit the use of oxybenzone-containing sunscreens, says CEO and President Scott Melville during his address on 2017 priorities during the CHPA Annual Executive Conference in Amelia Island, Fla. March 21.

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Alka-Seltzer Antacid Will 'Plop, Plop Fizz, Fizz' Without Aspirin

In advance of a US FDA advisory panel meeting on the safety of OTC monograph antacid/aspirin products, Bayer is removing aspirin from its pioneering Alka-Seltzer effervescent indigestion products. Bayer's Andre Schmidt talks about the safety advantages and consumer trends that helped spur the change.

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OTC Allergy Drugs: Not Just For Sniffles And Headaches, Sanofi Advises

The US office of Sanofi consumer division says 160 participants wore a wearable device for 30 days to track their sleep and activity. The 80 participants with allergies were less active and slept less.

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OTC Allergy Drug Use Increases: A Symptom With Multiple Causes

CHPA says growing use of allergy OTCs from 2009 through 2015 in the US is a sign of more consumers prioritizing self-care over using health care services, but allergy specialists say their patients often have to start with an OTC even when they have a prescription.

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Consumer Health Weekly Trademark Review March 14, 2017

OTC drug, personal care product and nutritional supplement trademark filings compiled from Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Class 3 – Cosmetics and Cleaning Preps; and Class 5 – Pharmaceuticals.

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