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Kline Group: 2013 was a growth year for the over-the-counter industry

BY Michael Johnsen

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Kline Group reported positive signs of 2013 growth across the over-the-counter sector in its recently published Nonprescription Drugs USA study, according to a blog posted Monday. Compared to 2012 when the market had flat sales performance, 2013 recorded healthy growth of 3% to reach $23.5 billion at the manufacturers’ level. 
 
Kline credited the strong performance to several analgesic brands, including Excedrin, Tylenol and Motrin IB, as well as several leading nutritional brands like Vitafusion, Centrum and Schiff. 
 
"Another prominent contributor to the solid performance of the U.S. OTC market in 2013 was the approval of the Oxytrol for Women by Merck," wrote Marcela Chifu, Kline Group marketing coordinator. "This notable FDA approval created a new category in OTC, the overactive bladder [and] the horizon looks favorable for increased switch activity and growth," she noted. "Increased marketing activities coming from the majority of OTC brands along with a strong cold and flu season in the first quarter of 2013, were other important factors contributing to the overall growth of this promising market."
 

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards $4 million to 825 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations

BY Michael Johnsen

 

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation on Wednesday awarded nearly $4 million to approximately 825 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations to enhance and support youth literacy and education across the United States.
 
Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year.
 
"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning make in people's lives."
 
In the past 21 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

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Thermalon meets growing demand for dry eye treatment

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Thermalon last week showcased its Thermalon Eye Compress at the annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo.
 
There is an increasing demand for dry eye treatment, as more people experience eye discomfort, noted Sharon Burkart, Thermalon marketing director. “More Baby Boomers are experiencing eye discomfort as part of the natural aging process and the younger set feel dry, itchy or burning eyes as a result of more hours spent looking at digital devices,” she said. Other common causes of dry eyes include certain prescription medications and disease states, such as diabetes.
 
According to Burkart, doctors recommend the application of moist heat to improve the flow of natural oils into the eyes. Thermalon is clinically proven to bring relief to dry, itchy and irritated eyes within minutes, she noted. The microwave-activated technology requires 20 seconds in the microwave, followed by a 3 to 5 minute treatment. Thermalon has patented the technology and is one of the only eye compresses that safely delivers moist heat.
 
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