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Eileen Francis

Eileen Francis is a reporter for “The Tan Sheet,” where she follows news on OTC drug and nutritional product manufacturing, regulation, legislation, finance and research. She previously served as a reporter and editor of “The Rose Sheet,” IBI’s source for in-depth coverage of the cosmetics industry. Early in her career, Eileen worked in public relations and as a writer for a lobbying firm. Outside of IBI, her freelance work includes articles on business, art and travel.
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Amazon's Solimo Supplements' Prices, Selection Slow Market Share Incursion

Amazon’s Solimo supplements and personal care line overall is priced higher than Walgreens' brand but lower than CVS', Jefferies Equity Research Americas found. Solimo could present a formidable threat to the supplements category, but its limited assortment so far and pricing should prevent “material market share shifts” in the near-term, Jefferies says.

Dietary Supplements Advertising, Marketing & Sales

Amazon OTC Line's Impact On Pricing Grows Along With Its SKUs

Amazon's Basic Care OTC brand SKUs have doubled units since last year's launch and is putting great pricing pressure on private label competitors, says a Jefferies analyst. But a private label consultant says the e-commerce giant's threat to competitors in the consumer health market is over-hyped.

Advertising, Marketing & Sales Business Strategies

Nothing Cosmetic About P&G Oral-B Enamel Repair Claims, UK Review Finds

UK's advertising regulator agrees that P&G's TV ads for Oral B Gum and Enamel Repair toothpaste were misleading.  P&G argued ad claims that the product could fix enamel and reverse damage were cosmetic, not medicinal, because they only suggested the product could protect gums and promote overall oral health.

Consumer Advertising, Marketing & Sales

UK Curbs Racing Greens Powder On Daily Fruit, Vegetable Recommendation Claim

Racing Greens Nutraceuticals is advised to discontinue claims its energy and recovery supplement delivers “six of your five a day” daily servings of fruit and vegetables the UK recommends because it's a powder. Public Health England says fresh or frozen, canned, dried or juiced fruits and vegetables qualify, while a 150mL of unsweetened fruit juice, vegetable juice or a smoothie counts as a maximum of one portion of the five a day.

Dietary Supplements Consumer

More Health Care Products Offered In Latest 'Free Trial' Scam FTC Targets

Products offered in online scams that lead to monthly bills usually are “something that the average person is going to be looking for, a renewal product like vitamins, tooth whitener and skin cream," says an FTC attorney. Federal judge halts sales by Triangle Media and associated companies and freezes their assets after FTC showed “immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage” to consumers.

Advertising, Marketing & Sales Dietary Supplements

J&J Divests OTC Anti-Dandruff Product To Separate Buyers Across 3 Regions

J&J agrees to sell marketing rights to its OTC 1% ketoconazole dandruff treatment product to Kramer Labs in the US and Latin America, to German firm Stada in the EMEA and to UK firm Alliance Pharma for the Asia-Pacific market as it continues to spin off non-core brands and focus on its core $1bn brands.

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