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Report: PSE legislation proposal hits Jefferson County, Mo.

BY Michael Johnsen

HILLSBORO, Mo. It started with two municipalities in neighboring Franklin County, and now Jefferson County, located just outside St. Louis, similarly has proposed to require prescriptions for the common cough-cold remedy pseudoephedrine in an attempt to curb methamphetamine production, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.

County executives recently voted unanimously to require prescriptions for over-the-counter medications containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine in the first of three readings the bill must pass before it can become law. If passed, the legislation would become binding for nine of the county’s 32 pharmacies, County Executive Ed Kemp told the paper. The other pharmacies fall within unincorporated areas.

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Mintel: Cough-cold remedy sales on the rise

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Sales of cough-cold remedies will total more than $3.6 billion in 2009, up 1.7% from last year, thanks in large part to the H1N1 pandemic, market research firm Mintel announced Thursday. And drug stores and supermarkets could see sales increases well into the double-digits through the remainder of the cold-and-flu season, Mintel projected.

“The U.S. cold, cough and throat remedy market saw a 13.4% spike in sales during 2005, when the avian flu dominated media stories,” stated Diana Nhan, senior market analyst for Mintel’s Global Market Navigator. “Already, swine flu has received equivalent media exposure, and many Americans are worried about the virus. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar trend-busting increase in U.S. cold, cough and throat remedy sales for 2009 and the early part of 2010.”

Americans dedicate more funds towards treating cold-like illnesses than people in the U.K., China or Russia, Mintel stated. In the U.S., all OTC medicine sales account for 0.22% of GDP, compared to 0.2% in Russia and approximately 0.17% in the U.K. and China.

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Health Enterprises rolls out new molded earplugs

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. Health Enterprises recently announced its latest innovation for hearing protection — the Pro-Fit and Swim-Fit custom molded earplugs.

Both the Pro-Fit and Swim-Fit earplugs allow consumers to form a custom-molded earplug to fit the unique contour of their ear within 10 minutes. “Unlike traditional foam and silicone earplugs which are disposable and one-size-fits-all, these custom molded earplugs deliver a personalized fit for maximum comfort and effectiveness,” stated Brendan Leonard, Health Enterprises president. “Since these plugs can be used daily for up to 6-months, consumers can realize substantial savings with the Pro-Fit and Swim-Fit earplugs.”

The Pro-Fit earplug is ideal for sleep, study, work and loud events with a 29 noise reduction rating. The Swim-Fit helps seal out water to help prevent Swimmer’s Ear.

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