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Malcolm Spicer

Senior Editor, Consumer Health

Washington, DC
Malcolm Spicer is lead analyst for Pharma intelligence | informa's coverage of the consumer health care products industries. He provides comprehensive and insightful reporting on manufacturing, marketing, regulation, legislation, financial and research news about the nonprescription drug and nutritional product industries. He has worked in this post for 10 years and previously reported for other publications on regulation of the health care industry, on the telecommunications and internet technologies and on the US energy market.
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Alka-Seltzer Plus Labeling Error Prompts Recall From Some US Stores

Recall is second in a year for products marketed under the iconic Alka-Seltzer brand. Alka-Seltzer Plus line comprises products indicated for cold alone or for cough/cold; cold and flu and symptoms including sinus pressure, and are available in regular and extra-strength and day and night formulations.
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Processing Removes 'Natural' Claim For UK Meal-Replacement Bar Ingredients

UK firm contends processing ingredients into edible form is common across food and nutritional products industries and many foods consumers use regularly contains ingredients that long have been processed for use. Advertising Standards Authority points out a UK Food Standards Agency guidance explained that the use of solvents or other chemicals in processing disqualifies most processed ingredients from labeling as natural.

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Opposite Sides Of GMP Coin: Contract Manufacturer, Own-Labeler Warned

Contract manufacturer Nutritional Engineering was warned on Sept. 29, 2017, about GMP violations and misbranding problems found during an inspection in April and May. Liberty, Texas, own-labeler Carol Bond Health Foods was warned March 9 following a September inspection of its facility and a November review of its website.

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Health Care M&A Increase Expected On Repatriated Cash From Tax Reform

"Business investment could accelerate as [US tax reform] releases trillions of dollars in foreign-generated profits previously held overseas as a way to avoid a higher tax rate," says Russell Price of Ameriprise Financial,. In a report on likely M&A investment trends in 2018, Morgan Stanley analysts say "2017 marked another year of near-record activity, and 2018 could be even busier."

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Clorox Acts On Tax Reform Excitement With Nutritional Sector Acquisition

Clorox is acquiring Nutranext, manufacturer and marketer of dietary supplement brands including Rainbow Light and Natural Vitality, a month after executives said during the firm's latest earnings briefing that US tax code change, particularly eliminating taxing income earned in foreign markets when it is transferred to the US, heightens their interest in mergers and acquisitions. Expect more from Clorox and in the broader health care space, says analysts.

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Firms Spread Diaper Rash, Skin Care Brands, Move Lice Kit License In OTC Sector Deals

Randob Labs agreed to purchase the Balmex brand of baby and adult skin protectants from Moberg Pharma for $4.25m. Mission Pharmacal divested to MainPointe topical analgesic brand Thera-Gesic and the Dr. Smith’s line of infant and adult skin protectant ointments and sprays.

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