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Q4 sales in OTC allergy/cold segment, which includes the Claritin allergy and Afrin nasal congestion lines, grew 5% adjusted while dermatology sector with Bepanthen and Canesten skin care brands grew 3.8%. Adjusted for the impact of foreign exchange and portfolio changes, thouhg, consumer unit’s full-year sales were flat.
Advertising Standards Authority says Green People Co. misled consumers with claims SPF 30 formulas filter out only 1% less UVB rays than SPF 50, trying to draw a negligible difference between the formulas. The claims appeared in a direct mailer and on the brand’s website in July 2019.
Colgate expects a ‘modest negative impact’ from the coronavirus on its first quarter results, but it made contingency plans for longer-term impact. In a presentation at the CAGNY conference, CEO Noel Wallace discussed a new anti-aging toothpaste in China and the latest iteration of Colgate Optic White in the US.
REACH and Dr. Fresh, as well as Firefly kids’ toothbrushes and mouth rinses featuring popular comic book and cartoon characters, will join Perrigo’s Ranir division under the $113m cash deal, which is subject to federal bankruptcy court approval but expected to close in the 2020 first quarter.
HBW Executive Decisions: Perrigo Americas, Nutraceutical International Helm Changes, ABC Farnsworth Award, More
Myos Rens hires Eric LeGrand as special advisor for sports nutrition; Perrigo Consumer Americas chief Jeff Needham will be succeeded by Rich Sorota; Nutraceutical International appoints Monty Sharma to replace Chad Clawson at the helm; American Botanical Council’s Farnsworth Award goes to Rachel Mata; and Herbalife’s John Agwunobi will be chairman as well as CEO.
Bausch says it expects US FDA to approve its ANDA for the first preservative-free OTC eye drop for ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis in the second half of 2020. The firm reports its Lumify redness relief drops generated sales of $63m for 2019.