Market Monitor: October

Cough, cold & flu

The immune system can be compromised during the winter months and whilst health problems are active all year round, people may be more vulnerable to them in winter. One way to help them continue feeling well is with regular consumption of a live bacteria supplement, says ADM Protexin. Bio-Kult is a scientifically developed, advanced multi-strain formulation containing 14 live bacterial cultures, proven to survive the high acidity of the stomach, the manufacturer explains. It also complements the existing gut flora naturally present in a healthy person’s digestive system, ADM Protexin adds.
ADM Protexin: 01460 243230 / info@bio-kult.com

Olbas Oil is a decongestant oil made with a combination of natural and essential plant oils including eucalyptus, mint, clove, juniperberry and cajuput to effectively relieve congestion and stuffiness often caused by colds and flu, says manufacturer LanesHealth. It is suitable for adults and children aged three months and over. Also in the range is Olbas for Children, formulated especially for infants over three months for use both day and night to ease natural nasal breathing, and Olbas Nasal Spray, which is clinically proven to unblock the nasal passages and prevent the spread of infections for adults and children aged six and over, explains the company.
LanesHealth: laneshealth.com 

Men's health

Viagra Connect has enabled over one million men to act on their erection problems, according to the manufacturer Upjohn. The company is now launching a multi-million-pound campaign designed to help men better understand erection problems. The campaign will highlight key facts on the topic, particularly the role played by contributory factors such as stress, an unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, smoking and poor mental wellbeing. This is supported with training resources and point of sale material available to all pharmacies, adds the company. Viagra Connect was awarded the title of overall winner at the MVP Pharmacy Awards 2020.
Pfizer: 03335 552526

Pregnancy & baby care

Bio-Kult Infantis is an advanced multi-strain formulation for babies, toddlers and young children. Each sachet contains seven live strains of bacteria proven to survive the high acidity of the stomach, including two of the most predominant species found in an infant’s gut, according to manufacturer ADM Protexin. The formulation also contains preplex, DHA and EPA, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin D3 to contribute to the normal function of the immune system and the normal growth and development of bones in children, the company adds.
ADM Protexin: 01460 243230 / info@bio-kult.com

Care Virasoothe is clinically proven to help relieve symptoms of chickenpox by cooling the skin and alleviating itching, says manufacturer Thornton & Ross. The company is supporting UK pharmacy teams to get ‘chickenpox prepared’ through guidance in Care’s NPA-approved pharmacy assistant training programme ‘Junior Health’, which covers a number of childhood health concerns most commonly encountered in pharmacy, including chickenpox. 
Thornton & Ross: 01484 842217

The Metanium range offers a choice of products to both treat and help prevent nappy rash. Metanium Nappy Rash Ointment is specifically licensed to treat nappy rash and is the only branded product recommended by NICE for this purpose, according to manufacturer Thornton & Ross. Metanium Everyday Barrier Ointment – also available as Metanium Everyday Easy Spray Barrier Lotion – has a double action formula that forms a barrier on the skin to help seal in natural moisture, adds the company. 
Thornton & Ross: 01484 842217

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