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Eileen Francis

Reporter – US

Eileen Francis is a reporter for “The Tan Sheet,” where she follows news on OTC drug and nutritional product manufacturing, regulation, legislation, finance and research. She previously served as a reporter and editor of “The Rose Sheet,” IBI’s source for in-depth coverage of the cosmetics industry. Early in her career, Eileen worked in public relations and as a writer for a lobbying firm. Outside of IBI, her freelance work includes articles on business, art and travel.

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GSK Enters Race For OTC COVID-19 Test With Mammoth Biosciences As Partner

GSK partners with biotech firm Mammoth Biosciences to develop a home-use OTC nasal swab test for COVID-19 that works in less than 20 minutes. Mammoth says the firms will seek an FDA emergency use authorization for the test, roll it out first to clinics and will seek approval for OTC sales. 

FDA OTC Devices

Zing Patch, Nubrain Water, Stay Alert Gummy: Alternatives To Caffeine In Energy Booster Space

Thync Global’s Zing Energy neurostimulation patch and Tesla Nootropics’ Nubrain Brainstorm caffeine-free water are promoted as alternatives to caffeine and energy drinks. They join a market dominated by big brands but with competition growing from products that boost energy without caffeine and sugar.

Launches Dietary Supplements

J&J To End Johnson’s Baby Powder Sales In North American Markets, But Maintains Safety Convictions

The iconic talc-based product will no longer be available for purchase in the US and Canada after supplies run out. Standing firm on the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder, J&J attributes the move to declining demand due to changing consumer habits, misinformation “and a constant barrage of litigation advertising.”

Beauty Advertising, Marketing & Sales

US Regulators Shine Warning On Clinic’s Ozone, UV Light, Other Treatments For COVID-19

US FDA and FTC warned a California integrative medicine doctor for offering ozone treatment and UV light therapy to prevent COVID-19 as well as a private blogger and an Amazon vendor who recommended vitamins for preventing the virus.

Dietary Supplements Enforcement

Sanitizer Demand Sparks Creativity: Compressed-Air Spray, ‘Shield’ Formula, Single-Use Convenience

COVID-19 drives hand sanitizer innovation as firms look to solve typical problems such as short microbe-kill treatment periods or risk of infection from sharing sanitizer bottles. Among launches, Breathe aerosol hand sanitizers use compressed air for faster application withouontact, while Disinfectant&Shield claims to kill germs for eight hours.

Commercial OTC Drugs

‘Nuanced Distinction’ Fails For Focus Factor’s Top-Selling US Brain Supplement Claim

Factor Nutrition will remove “#1 Brain Health Supplement” claim from Focus Factor supplement and won’t replace it with “America’s #1 Clinically Studied and Patented Brain Health Formula” after the National Advertising Division determines it lacks supporting sales and clinical data.

Commercial Dietary Supplements
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