Reporter – US
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Massachusetts legislation proposes age-restricting energy drink sales and says violating parties will face fines between $50 and $250. California bill would prohibit sales of weight loss and workout products to minors, as is already proposed in New York and Massachusetts.
Bausch + Lomb’s Alaway Preservative-Free antihistamine eye drops launch in US, The Bausch Health Companies division planned as spin-out also recently gained South Korean approval for its Lumify OTC redness reliever drops and has submissions under review in other countries.
Most notably among OTC drugs, hand sanitizer sales were up more than 600% to $1.46bn, while sales of consumer medical devices grew 15.6% to $14.8bn in 2020, according to CHPA report.
In global superior premium toothbrush category, Oral B iO drove P&G’s value share up 2.5 points in the past two months and from July through December 2020 accounted for more than half of the US power brush category growth, says COO Jon Moeller.
In first-of-a-kind deodorant/antiperspirant launches, P&G introduces Secret antiperspirants targeting 60% of women who want underarm products that address skin problems, and Unilever unveils first refillable deodorant product.
Settlement in Southern District of Florida federal court includes a consolidated class action complaint against UK firm’s US businesses comprising cases in Florida, New York and California – filed in 2020 over statements the products were “clinically proven” to improve “brain performance” including focus, memory, learning, accuracy, concentration and reasoning.