Market Monitor: June

Bowel Health

Lepicol is a multi-fibre source product containing inulin and psyllium husk, which contributes to maintaining normal bowel transit. Together these can help meet the recommended daily intake of fibre, says manufacturer Probiotics International. Lepicol also includes five strains of live bacteria (probiotics) that are naturally present in a healthy person’s digestive system, the company continues. Available in capsules or powder, the product is suitable for use alongside antibiotics, for children and when pregnant, when travelling and for vegetarians, Probiotics International adds.
Probiotics International Ltd: 01460 243230


First Aid

With help from clinical experts, Bio- Oil has created an A-Z Guide to Scars to help pharmacy professionals offer patients simple-to-follow advice regarding scars and stretch marks. It covers what to expect as a wound heals and a scar matures and any specific care required, depending on the type of scar. To help provide a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate resource, scars are grouped in alphabetical order by type, location and surgical procedure. To access the guide or to contact Bio-Oil for copies,

Germolene Antiseptic Cream is a dual action, onestop treatment to ease pain and help prevent infections in minor cuts and grazes, minor burns, scalds, blisters, stings, insect bites, spots and chapped or rough skin, explains manufacturer Bayer. Germolene contains a local anaesthetic (phenol) to numb the pain and help relieve the itching and irritation of minor skin injuries, plus an antiseptic (chlorhexidine digluconate) to help prevent secondary infection, the company continues. The cream is also an emollient which helps to soften the skin and can be used to soothe minor skin conditions, such as chapped or rough skin, Bayer adds.
Ceuta Healthcare: 0344 243 6661

Sport and fitness

The products in the Puressentiel Muscles & Joints range contain 14 pure essential oils to help relax, soothe and relieve muscle and joint pain, including cajeput, Roman chamomile and clove, explains manufacturer Puressentiel. The range includes a Roller, which Puressentiel says has been found to recreate the technique of deep transversal massage in a clinical trial; Soothing Balm; Gel; and eight-hour pain reliever Heating Patches. The odourless Heating Patches can be used on all areas of the body, can be cut to size to suit any application requirement and they are thin, so are invisible under clothing.
Puressentiel: 020 3488 8110

Mentholatum has partnered with the Great Run Series and the Great British Marathon Series to highlight the importance of pre-race preparation and treating injuries, and to promote its ‘Before Exercise Deep Heat It. After Injury Deep Freeze It’ message. Deep Heat Muscle Massage Roll-on Lotion delivers heat therapy with massage helping to loosen and soften muscles, so they move more easily and Deep Freeze Pain Relief Glideon Gel cools an injured area and helps limit swelling and inflammation for up to 72 hours.
Laser Healthcare: 01202 780558

Topical analgesic brand Ralgex has returned to the market with refreshed packaging, website, POS and a PR campaign. For use before or after exercise, Ralgex Muscle Rub Cream’s warming ingredients increase blood flow and soothe pain, offering symptomatic relief of muscular aches, pains and stiffness resulting from exercise, explains manufacturer Lanes Health. Active ingredients include methyl salicylate, turpentine oil, levomenthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil and the product can be applied up to three times a day, the company adds.
Lanes Health: 01452 507458


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