Among these preparations are Nasalcrom
(cromolyn sodium), Nasalide (flunisolide), Beconase (beclomethasone), and Decadron (dexamethasone).
Cromolyn sodium (Nasalcrom
) is a nasal spray that helps reduce the symptoms of allergies.
Ascher's Ayr, which includes a range of non-medicated products, as well as Insight Pharmaceuticals' Nostrilla, Prestige Brands Nasalcrom
and Matrixx Initiative Inc.'s Zicam.
Blacksmith, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, owns Efferdent and Effergrip denture products; the PediaCare line of cough/cold/allergy/sinus and fever remedies for infants and children; Luden's throat drops; and NasalCrom
He or she may recommend adjusting dosage levels or replacing corticosteroid therapy with alternative drugs such as leukotriene modifiers (Singulair; Zyflo), mast cell stabilizers (Crolom; Nasalcrom
; Tilade), or the antibody Omalizumab (Xolair), which prevents the release of inflammatory chemicals that narrow the airways.
Cromolyn sodium (NasalCrom
) was approved for preventing and treating the nasal symptoms of hay fever and other nasal allergies in children as young as 2 years.
The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, gives Prestige ownership of the Efferdent, Effergrip, PediaCare, Luden's and NasalCrom
In a deal announced earlier this month, Blacksmith acquired Efferdent denture cleaner, Efferdent denture adhesive cream, Luden's throat drops, Pediacare children's cough and cold medicine, Pediacare Gentle Vapors waterless vaporizer and Nasalcrom
nasal allergy relief spray.
brand from Pharmacia & Upjohn, meanwhile, promises to prevent as well as treat nasal allergy symptoms.
year ago Total mass markett + -7.9% Drugstores -5.8% Supermarkets -9.8% Best-sellers by dollar sales * Market Dolalr sales Unit sales Brand Manufacturer share (add 000) (add 000) Afrin Schering-Plough 13.8% $42,685 7,147 Primatene Mist Whitehall-Robins 11.3% 35,095 2,618 Zicam Matrixx Initiatives 6.5% 20,127 1,938 Vicks Sinex Procter & Gamble 6.3% 19,705 3,437 Afrin No Drip Schering-Plough 6.0% 18,777 2,925 NasalCrom
Pharmacia 5.6% 17,531 3,503 4-Way Bristol-Myers Squibb 5.6% 17,337 3,502 Neo-Synephrine Bayer 3.6% 11,120 2,083 Vicks Procter & Gamble 3.3% 10,274 2,632 Vicks Vapo Steam Procter & Gamble 2.8% 8,810 1,427 * Private label brands account for 20.3% of dollar sales and 30.2% of unit sales.
, which recently switched from prescription to O-T-C status, is designed to prevent and treat nasal allergy symptoms, including congestion.
Key brands include Rogaine for men and women, NasalCrom
, Cortaid, PediaCare, Dramamine and Nicotrol.