Survey shows boomers may be driving lubricant sales
WALTHAM, Mass. The aging of the baby boomers may be contributing to the uptick in personal lubricant sales more than has been previously thought, according to a new survey published in this month’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Sales of personal lubricants have jumped 4.9 percent, to $117.5 million, across food, drug and mass channels (minus Wal-Mart), for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 12 according to Information Resources, Inc.
A two-hour, face-to-face survey conducted with 3,005 adults between the ages of 57 and 85 found that while the prevalence of sexual activity did decline with age—73 percent among respondents who were 57 to 64 years of age, 53 percent among respondents who were 65 to 74 years of age, and 26 percent among respondents who were 75 to 85 years of age—the majority of baby boomers were still active and a significant number of their parents were too.
Among respondents who were sexually active, about half of both men and women reported at least one bothersome sexual problem. The most prevalent sexual problem reported among women was low desire (43 percent) and difficulty with vaginal lubrication (39 percent). Erectile dysfunction topped the list of sexual problems for men (37 percent).
Men and women who rated their health as being poor were less likely to be sexually active and, among respondents who were sexually active, were more likely to report sexual problems. A total of 38 percent of men and 22 percent of women reported having discussed sex with a physician since the age of 50 years.
B&L, Alcon settle lawsuit over color scheme
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb and Alcon Laboratories earlier this week settled the lawsuit recently filed by B&L concerning Alcon’s promotional claims about Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu MultiPlus multi-purpose disinfecting solution.
The suit centered on Alcon’s use of a color-coded chart showing differences in superficial punctate transient corneal staining profiles observed in Dr. Gary Andrasko’s research. To address Bausch & Lomb’s concern over the red-yellow color scheme of Dr. Andrasko’s corneal staining grid, Alcon has agreed to change the red-yellow color scheme used in its promotional materials.
The use of the color scheme in Alcon’s materials was not intended to communicate that the lens-solution combinations designated red or yellow meant danger or caution, and was not meant to suggest an increased risk of corneal infection.
In light of Alcon’s and B&L’s agreements, the lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice, without any payment of damages from either party.
Adams ranks high on Deloitte list
Adams Respiratory Therapeutics ranked No. 7 in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 50 Program for New Jersey, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in the area, the company announced Monday.
“We are very proud to be recognized by Deloitte for achieving a revenue growth rate of 1,638 percent from 2002 to 2006,” commented Michael Valentino, chief executive officer of Adams, on the distinction. “It has been exhilarating to see the things we’ve done take hold. Our unique regulatory strategy for Mucinex coupled with our synergistic blend of consumer and professional marketing for the Mucinex brand helped fuel our phenomenal growth over the past five years. … We now market nine over-the-counter products with multiple new product introductions planned this fall. Additionally, we also plan to expand into the prescription respiratory market as early as 2008.”