OTC Products: September 2022

Pharmacy TimesSeptember 2022
Volume 88
Issue 09

This month's OTC product news features Hiccupops, deep relief acne treatment, and lidocaine patches.


Manufactured by Meter Health

Meter Health now offers a lollipop for management of occasional hiccups. The first scientific solution for involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, Hiccupops were researched by investigators at Mayo Clinic, who said the product can stop occasional hiccups in seconds. Formulated to reset the body’s response to hiccups, these lollipops are available in 5-count ($5.99) and 10-count boxes ($9.99) online and at select CVS locations in 2 flavors: original citrus and sour apple.



Deep Relief Acne Treatment

Manufactured by Murad

Murad has launched a moderate-acne treatment that can be applied to oily, dry, combination, and balanced skin. According to the company website, 82% of users said their breakouts were less red, and 88% said the treatment calmed and soothed acne bumps. The product is formulated with 2% salicylic acid to prevent and treat breakouts, amino acids to target irritation-causing bacteria,
an invisible film-forming polymer to create a “second skin” that holds active ingredients in place longer, and phytosteroids to reduce redness and discomfort. Phytosteroids, also known as plant steroids, are naturally occurring steroids found in plants.



Vitamin C Ester CCC + Ferulic Brightening Under-Eye Cream

Manufactured by Perricone MD

Perricone MD has unveiled a new under-eye brightening cream that dramatically reduces the look of all 3 types of under-eye discoloration: blue, brown, and red. The cream contains free radical–fighting ferulic acid and 3 forms of vitamin C to reduce brown circles, peptides to minimize the appearance of bags and puffiness and create a firmer, more awake look, and a biomimetic oat protein to reduce redness. The cream is good for bags, dark circles, fullness, puffiness, redness, and uneven texture.



Pain Relieving Flex Patch Lidocaine 4%

Manufactured by Salonpas

Salonpas now offers temporary pain relief in an unscented maximum-strength lidocaine patch that is thin, flexible, and highly adhesive (it stays on for up to 8 hours). Fifteen patches are included in each box and should be used 1 at a time for a maximum of 4 times daily. Individuals should not use the product on damaged or wounded skin, with a heating pad, or if they are allergic to any of its ingredients.



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