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FDA OTC Switch Guidance Omits Some Turns As Approval Roadmap, CHPA Says

In its comment on draft guidance, OTC industry trade group urges US FDA to issue final guidance on "Innovative Approaches For Nonprescription Drug Products" in addition to a rule the agency has indicated would soon follow.  CHPA expects that identifying information away not within a Drug Facts label that will be considered in an FDA evaluation would be determined on a case-by-case basis, with a switch NDA sponsor and the agency agreeing to terms of approval during a proposal development and review.

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Bayer Consumer Health Yet To Turn Corner Due To Supply, Innovation Detours

Company needs to get beyond a supply problem for products including iconic Bayer Aspirin brand and heat up Coppertone sun care and sunscreen product sales with line extensions to help drive the consumer health business to heights envisioned as part of an expansion a few years ago.

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OTC Primatene Mist Returns: Market Future Bright After Cloudy NDA History

Amphastar has initial inventory on hand of epinephrine inhalation aerosol reformulated with hydrofluoroalkane as a propellant, and expects "almost no costs" for sales of first several hundred thousand units. After two NDAs and two CRLs, firm convinces US FDA consumers can use the product without doctor or pharmacist guidance and understand it is not for ongoing asthma treatment.

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Perrigo Moves From Health Care To 'Self Care'

Providing self-care products "opens this organization up to massive opportunity" which Perrigo will identify in early 2019, says new CEO Murray Kessler. It remains committed to selling or spinning off its Rx unit, though it's "just a few FDA approvals away from significantly" growing, he says as firm reports $68m net loss in its latest quarter.

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Glaxo, Sanofi Look Far Afield For Consumer Health Growth

Big pharmas' recent third-quarter results and commentaries point to sales drivers for consumer health divisions coming from markets outside their established primary markets of US and Europe. Consumer unit lines include oral care and topicals as well as nutritional products.

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Amarin Says REDUCE-IT Results Are Off Limits To Omega-3 Supplement Claims

REDUCE-IT results are limited to Amarin's Vascepa "and cannot be extrapolated to omega-3 products that are materially different based on, for example, composition, dosage, and regulatory status," pharma firm says in complaints against Coromega and Omax. Amarin seeks to stifle the omega-3 supplement firms despite First Amendment argument it made in successful litigation against FDA to make truthful statements about its products even though the information is not approved by the agency.
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Prestige Consumer's First Quarter Exclusively In OTCs Is Prelude To Growth

Prestige Consumer's sales in its latest quarter were lifted by gas relief and ear wax products, but the gains were offset "revenue recognition" accounting changes and slower sales of BC and Goody's as supplies of the analgesics transitioned to new packaging.

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