Stock watch: October

Supporting self care

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is committed to assisting pharmacy teams with the self care agenda through a multi-avenue campaign with the aim of sustaining a shift in the behaviours of the nation – getting people to think pharmacy first and help to reduce unnecessary visits to the GP and A&E in the long term, the company explains. Among other strategies, GSK is supporting softer skills training to support healthcare professionals in delivering consultations to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, and changing its social media strategy to tailor its content to the needs of healthcare professionals. In addition, the GSK Health Partner Portal provides access to downloadable Covid-19 support toolkits, training and point of sale ordering.

Back in business

The ‘Mind Your Back’ self care campaign from Mentholatum is running throughout October and November to help people manage their back pain and raise awareness of its five S.T.E.P.S. for management: stretch, therapy, exercise, posture and strengthen. During the campaign, exercises will be demonstrated live by influencers to encourage the target audience – workers over 45 and pregnant women still at work – to adopt the S.T.E.P.S. at home. For the therapy step, viewers will be reminded that Mentholatum’s Deep Heat, Deep Freeze and Deep Relief topical analgesics can be used for targeted pain relief, the company explains. The campaign is being promoted via print advertising, digital campaigns and radio interviews with media medic Dr Hilary Jones.
Laser Healthcare: 01202 780558 

Reclassifying care

In response to updated MHRA guidance for over-the-counter stimulant laxatives, Care has reclassified its Senna products from the brand’s stomach and bowel range, says manufacturer Thornton & Ross. The newly-named Care Senna 7.5mg Tablets Adult are now available in packs of 20 as a GSL product, and Care Senna 7.5mg Tablets 12 Years Plus are available in packs of 60 and 100 as pharmacy-only. Both products are herbal medicinal products containing senna pods and can be taken orally for the short-term relief of occasional constipation, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy, explains the company. Care Senna is suitable for children over 12 years, adults and the elderly.
Thornton & Ross: 01484 842217 / Care

The ultimate guide

Care has launched the latest edition of its handbook, The Ultimate Guide to Care, with new features including quick-scan product barcodes and a brand comparison section, says manufacturer Thornton & Ross. The guide has eight category sections covering common minor health conditions no longer routinely prescribed for by GPs, and includes an A-Z of products sectioned under each category along with retail sales insights, information about the free Care resources and tips and advice for common health concerns, the company adds. The Guide is also now available as a user-friendly digital flipbook for access via phone, tablet or PC. 
Thornton & Ross: 01484 842217

No sweat

The Perspirex For Men range offers effective roll-on antiperspirant with two new and unique formulations containing aluminium chloride for men who need extra protection against sweating and body odour. Perspirex For Men Regular is clinically proven to be effective against perspiration for three to five days, says manufacturer Karium. Perspirex For Men Maximum features a high-strength formula developed to control odour and provide protection from severe perspiration problems for up to five days, the company adds. Perspirex Comfort and Perspirex Original have new and improved formulas for 2020 and each pack in the Perspirex range now includes a strength indicator to help customers find the most suitable product.

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