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In Brief: Acne, dandruff products

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Acne, dandruff products: Rated in the American Pharmaceutical Association's consumer book on over-the-counter drugs called What Do I Take? Based on a survey of approximately 1,000 pharmacists, SmithKline Beecham's Oxy 10 Daily Face wash led acne soaps and facial washes category with 45% of pharmacists surveyed recommending the product. Procter & Gamble's Clearasil Maximum Strength cream led acne pads, liquids, gels and creams with 33% of pharmacists recommending it, followed closely by Oxy 10 Maximum Strength Acne treatment (32%). Dandruff shampoos were led by Ross Labs' Selsun Blue (31%) and Johnson & Johnson's Neutrogena T-Gel (30%). The book contains pharmacists' rankings of 400 brands for 70 medical conditions and ratings for products' effectiveness, speed of relief, ease of use, minimal side effects or duration of relief. The publication also contains tips on medical conditions and advice on when to seek a physician's help. A glossary lists brands' manufacturers, active ingredients, dosage forms and warnings. Published by HarperPerennial, the OTC guide is available for $13 in bookstores nationwide and through APhA...



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