Stiefel launches Sorilux foam
LONDON — Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline company, announced the availability of Sorilux foam by prescription.
The product is a topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in patients ages 18 years or older. Sorilux foam utilizes VersaFoam technology. VersaFoam-AEF (aqueous-based emulsion formulation) is free of ethanol, preservatives, parabens and fragrance, Stiefel said. The company also noted the foam is the only vitamin D3 analog treatment in a topical foam formulation.
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Kline report: OTC growth sharper across online, c-stores and dollar versus mainstream stores
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Sales of over-the-counter medicines through alternate retail channels have grown by a compound annual growth rate of 9.4% from 2006 through 2011, far exceeding the 2.4% overall growth rate through all retail outlets, noted Kline in a report released Monday. Online sales saw the highest increase with a CAGR of 16.1%.
The U.S. retail industry remains highly consolidated with a fairly small number of large retail chains that continue to dominate OTC distribution. The three main retail outlets consisting of drug stores, mass merchandisers and food stores combined account for about 84% of OTC sales; however, other outlets, such as online, convenience stores, dollar stores and warehouse clubs, are kicking up the competition across several categories and account for nearly 15% of the OTC retail market.
"Growth opportunities within the retail environment should be explored on individual channel and category bases," stated Laura Mahecha, Kline’s healthcare practice industry manager. "While some of the alternate channels … can offer opportunity for growth in select categories and for certain brands, several other alternate retail channels ostensibly aren’t prime candidates for an increase of branded OTC sales.”
For example, vitamins, minerals, herbal products and such OTCs as pain relievers — products that consumers like to stock in their medicine cabinets — have a high rate of online purchase. However, OTC products for an immediate need, such as allergy relief, cough and cold preparations, and digestive products, tend to be purchased more often at brick-and-mortar stores, according to Kline.
Energizer to launch Light Fusion Technology line
ST. LOUIS — Energizer is showcasing some of its new products at this year’s Outdoor Retailer show, which includes the company’s new Light Fusion Technology line.
Sparked by consumer demand for more versatility, flexibility, durability and overall performance from their flashlights and lanterns, Light Fusion Technology lights transmit light throughout slim acrylic panels manufactured through a laser-etching process. The result is clean, uniform light and more compact form for easier packing and carrying, Energizer said.
Energizer said the new Light Fusion Technology line of lights — consisting of four flashlights and lanterns — will hit store shelves in spring 2013.
"We continually listen to our consumers to deliver better solutions for them every day," Energizer’s North America lighting products director of marketing Steve Einig said. "Energizer Light Fusion Technology lights with Smart Dimming Technology do that and more. We’ve designed a collection that delivers the performance, style and ruggedness that appeals to today’s outdoor enthusiast."