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Over The Counter: Solving The Sustainable Pill Pack Puzzle, With PA Consulting’s Tony Perrotta

In this episode of the updated Over The Counter podcast, HBW Insight speaks to sustainable packaging expert Tony Perrotta about the complexities of replacing plastic pill packs in medicines packaging. Perrotta is a partner at PA Consulting, which set up the Blister Pack Collective alongside consumer health players Haleon, Bayer and Sanofi. They are working with PulPac, which has invented a dry molded fiber alternative to plastic, which the Collective hopes to commercialize within 12-24 months. We discuss whether regulators will accept such alternatives, given the safety and stability requirements for medicines, and the challenges of recycling, given the multitude of different frameworks and processes across the world. Perrotta also reveals that one of the partners in PA Consulting’s Bottle Collective, which hopes to replace plastic bottles in the food, personal care and consumer health industries, will soon launch its first market trial.

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Resolving US Hemp Dilemma Takes Detour As House Starts Farm Bill Re-Authorization Journey

Where a US hemp product firm stands on whether de-scheduling the botanical as a controlled substance in the 2018 farm bill left a loophole allowing chemically derived and potentially intoxicating cannabinoid strains to qualify could determine whether it agrees with the detour.

Cosmetic Or Drug? Prostaglandin Analogs Are Growing Eyelashes (And Legal Risks)

Elixir Cosmetics has reached a $2.3m settlement with US consumers in California state court over alleged violations related to isopropyl cloprostenate use in Babe Lash and Babe Brow offerings. On 5 May, plaintiffs making similar allegations filed suit against the company in New York federal court.

AI And Postmarket Surveillance: A Signal To Noise Challenge

The ability to quickly scour the internet for comments on drugs may make it challenging to weed out true adverse events from junk as Senate Republicans consider AI-related changes to FDA's authority.

US FDA’s Califf Says Adcomm Votes Not Vanishing Completely

At a Senate subcommittee hearing, the FDA commissioner says advisory committees remain important but need to be “meeting the purpose for which they exist.”

Digital Health & AI

Resolving US Hemp Dilemma Takes Detour As House Starts Farm Bill Re-Authorization Journey

Where a US hemp product firm stands on whether de-scheduling the botanical as a controlled substance in the 2018 farm bill left a loophole allowing chemically derived and potentially intoxicating cannabinoid strains to qualify could determine whether it agrees with the detour.

AI And Postmarket Surveillance: A Signal To Noise Challenge

The ability to quickly scour the internet for comments on drugs may make it challenging to weed out true adverse events from junk as Senate Republicans consider AI-related changes to FDA's authority.

US Wellness Market People News: Jarrow/Arzón, Whoop/Ronaldo, One A Day/Edelman, More

Kailo models gut and mental health link; AdvoCare has first female CEO; EyePromise enlists athletes across sports; Edelman catches One A Day message; Ronaldo wears Whoop, also invests; and  Jarrow adds “Chief of Superior Starts.”

Electronic Or Paper Patient Information Leaflets? EU OTC Users Want Both

A survey of 1,000 EU health consumers commissioned by AESGP finds that OTC users see numerous benefits of digital patient information leaflets, but are agreed that information should also continue to be available in paper form.

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Sustainability

IFRA Salutes CLP Revision; DSM-Firmenich Partners With ExoLab Italia; Fragrance And Cosmetics Industry News

The negotiated revision of the Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) regulation met with industry approval in April, even if it just kicks the can down the road with regard to classification of more-than-one-constituent substances (MOCS). DSM-Firmenich announces partnerships with plants in mind, Symrise’s new CEO maintains growth targets, and more news in brief.

Electronic Or Paper Patient Information Leaflets? EU OTC Users Want Both

A survey of 1,000 EU health consumers commissioned by AESGP finds that OTC users see numerous benefits of digital patient information leaflets, but are agreed that information should also continue to be available in paper form.

Nature’s Sunshine Looks For Cost Savings To Rise Over Long Haul Switching To Sustainable Energy

Herbal and nutritional supplement direct seller has reached 85% solar power use at its US facilities while also reducing landfill waste from those sites more than 90%, cutting its US shipping routes by half and consolidating four distribution centers in Europe into one operating on wind power.

Over The Counter: Solving The Sustainable Pill Pack Puzzle, With PA Consulting’s Tony Perrotta

In this episode of the updated Over The Counter podcast, HBW Insight speaks to sustainable packaging expert Tony Perrotta about the complexities of replacing plastic pill packs in medicines packaging. Perrotta is a partner at PA Consulting, which set up the Blister Pack Collective alongside consumer health players Haleon, Bayer and Sanofi. They are working with PulPac, which has invented a dry molded fiber alternative to plastic, which the Collective hopes to commercialize within 12-24 months. We discuss whether regulators will accept such alternatives, given the safety and stability requirements for medicines, and the challenges of recycling, given the multitude of different frameworks and processes across the world. Perrotta also reveals that one of the partners in PA Consulting’s Bottle Collective, which hopes to replace plastic bottles in the food, personal care and consumer health industries, will soon launch its first market trial.

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Interviews

ASA Files: Denigrating Competitors ‘Isn’t A Good Look’ For Advertisers

Bayer Consumer Health and its effervescent vitamin brand Berocca were subjects of denigratory remarks by an online competitor in a recent UK advertising complaint ruling. The ASA’s Freddie Alcock talks HBW Insight through the complaint, explaining in this exclusive interview why denigration is never a good look for advertisers.

Over The Counter: How To Grow A Consumer Health Brand, With TheOTCLab’s Albert Swane

Focus and persistence are the keys to successful brand and company growth, according to TheOTCLab's founder and CEO Albert Swane, speaking to HBW Insight's Over The Counter podcast. 

Over The Counter: Solving The Sustainable Pill Pack Puzzle, With PA Consulting’s Tony Perrotta

In this episode of the updated Over The Counter podcast, HBW Insight speaks to sustainable packaging expert Tony Perrotta about the complexities of replacing plastic pill packs in medicines packaging. Perrotta is a partner at PA Consulting, which set up the Blister Pack Collective alongside consumer health players Haleon, Bayer and Sanofi. They are working with PulPac, which has invented a dry molded fiber alternative to plastic, which the Collective hopes to commercialize within 12-24 months. We discuss whether regulators will accept such alternatives, given the safety and stability requirements for medicines, and the challenges of recycling, given the multitude of different frameworks and processes across the world. Perrotta also reveals that one of the partners in PA Consulting’s Bottle Collective, which hopes to replace plastic bottles in the food, personal care and consumer health industries, will soon launch its first market trial.

‘Clear’ Is In The Eye Of The Beholder, New York, CRN Argue In Age-Restricted Sales Litigation

CRN’s request for clarification, as it continues litigating complaint in US District Court for Southern New York, highlights what it contends is vague and overly general language in the legislation passed in October with a 22 April effective date.

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Resolving US Hemp Dilemma Takes Detour As House Starts Farm Bill Re-Authorization Journey

Where a US hemp product firm stands on whether de-scheduling the botanical as a controlled substance in the 2018 farm bill left a loophole allowing chemically derived and potentially intoxicating cannabinoid strains to qualify could determine whether it agrees with the detour.

Cosmetic Or Drug? Prostaglandin Analogs Are Growing Eyelashes (And Legal Risks)

Elixir Cosmetics has reached a $2.3m settlement with US consumers in California state court over alleged violations related to isopropyl cloprostenate use in Babe Lash and Babe Brow offerings. On 5 May, plaintiffs making similar allegations filed suit against the company in New York federal court.

Ulta Expands Same-Day Beauty Delivery With DoorDash Across US

Following its April report noting a larger-than-expected beauty category slowdown, Ulta Beauty is expanding its collaboration with DoorDash to get more cosmetic products in consumers’ hands faster and more conveniently.

AI And Postmarket Surveillance: A Signal To Noise Challenge

The ability to quickly scour the internet for comments on drugs may make it challenging to weed out true adverse events from junk as Senate Republicans consider AI-related changes to FDA's authority.

Seed Health Emphasizes ‘First’ Clinical Validation With VS-01 Vaginal Synbiotic Launch

VS-01 formulated with three proprietary L. crispatus strains – LUCA103, 011 and 009 – identified from more than 600 candidate probiotic strains for superior efficacy in maintaining regulated pH and promoting stability in vaginal health.

Create ‘Meaningful Differences’ To Make OTC Brands Stand Out, Ceuta Advises

Relevance, distinctiveness and credibility all matter when it comes to positioning OTC brands to grow within a crowded shelf and sluggish market, argue IQVIA Consumer Health and Ceuta Group in a recent webinar.

People On The Move: Appointments At Kenvue, Reckitt, Probi

Recent consumer health appointments in Europe and Asia: Kenvue names head of Benelux region; Reckitt hires South Asia marketing chief; Probi appoints R&D expert to board.

US FDA’s Califf Says Adcomm Votes Not Vanishing Completely

At a Senate subcommittee hearing, the FDA commissioner says advisory committees remain important but need to be “meeting the purpose for which they exist.”

US Wellness Market People News: MET-Rx/Cena, Plexus/Drabik, Viome/Dorsett, Certified/Morgan

Change at Certified Group testing/regulatory consultancy helm; Plexus Worldwide adds corporate affairs lead; Cena flexes muscles and comedy for MET-Rx; and Viome emphasizes consumer-facing business growth.

Valisure Puts FDA Under Microscope In Complaint On Ranitidine Tests Seeking Damages From GSK

Amended complaint filed 21 May after US Attorney General in March said the federal and state governments, named as co-plaintiffs, wouldn’t intervene and the court ordered the complaint unsealed. Complaint, initially filed in 2019, is critical of FDA, generally alleging agency failed to conduct sufficient oversight and evaluation of GSK’s testing data for ranitidine.

L’Oreal Most Valuable Brand On Globe, Natura ‘Strongest’ – Brand Finance

L’Oreal’s SA is again the most valuable beauty brand globally as measured by brand-valuation consultancy Brand Finance plc. Meanwhile, Garnier is fastest-growing, and Natura is strongest based on consumer sentiment and other factors, the firm says.

ASA Files: Denigrating Competitors ‘Isn’t A Good Look’ For Advertisers

Bayer Consumer Health and its effervescent vitamin brand Berocca were subjects of denigratory remarks by an online competitor in a recent UK advertising complaint ruling. The ASA’s Freddie Alcock talks HBW Insight through the complaint, explaining in this exclusive interview why denigration is never a good look for advertisers.

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