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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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E-Cigarettes' Appeal For Smoking Cessation Cooled By Risk Questions

E-cigarette use among people with cancer increased from 8.5% in 2014 to 10.7% in 2017, with the greatest increase among people younger than 50, according to a JAMA Oncology study. A recently NEJM study also questions safety of growing dependence on e-cigarettes by people trying to quit smoking.

OTC Drugs Policy & Regulation

At Nuvothera, Rx Derma Veterans Develop OTCs For Serious Skin Conditions

Firm launched Prosoria in 2018 as a four-product topical line for inflammatory autoimmune disease psoriasis containing salicylic acid 3% combined with turmeric and other botanicals. CEO Arthur Clapp says firm will launch turmeric supplements and plans adding products for acne, eczema, warts, nail fungus and rosacea.

Commercial OTC Drugs

Stunted Newborn Risk Cut 31% With Lipid Supplement For Women

RCT with 7,300 women in four countries shows women who take a lipid-based supplement before pregnancy and early in gestation were 31% less likely to have an infant shorter in length and 22% less likely to deliver an infant small for gestational age.

Dietary Supplements Consumer

Dentek Consumption Dip Slows Prestige Sales Despite Digestion, Eye Care Gains

Prestige Consumer Healthcare sales in North America in its latest quarter fell 3.9% as retailers slowed on orders of Dentek oral care products. Compound W and Nix lice treatment brands have ‘runway’ for long-term growth on line extensions and marketing.

International United States

OmegaQuant's Prenatal Test Counts DHA Level To Help Prevent Premature Labor

OmegaQuant's test helps expectant mothers monitor DHA levels, data that can help prevent premature labor. The kit – a blood collection card, lancet, alcohol pad, bandage and gauze pad sent to the company for analysis – could help curb problem that costs US health care industry around $6bn annually.

Dietary Supplements Commercial

Church & Dwight Expects 3.5% Growth In 2019 On Line Extensions, Price Increases

Church & Dwight estimates 3.5% organic sales growth in 2019 on innovations including Orajel Toothache Strips as well as organic gummy vitamins and "world’s first flossing toothbrush.” Reporting weaker-than-expected Q$ earnings, it plans to raise prices on more product categories in 2019.

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