04
Mar 2019

Time to reform meds reclassification process

by Brenda   |   in OTC News   |   on 04 Mar 2019

By Scott Milne, executive director NZSMI Comments reproduced from an article in Pharmacy Today (March issue) We are bitterly disappointed and stunned at the announcement by the Health Ministry on February 25 that it would restrict access to popular OTC cough and cold medicines containing opium and squill, as well as dextromethorphan and modified-release paracetamol […]

Read More >
15
Nov 2018

How to market to millennials

by Brenda   |   in OTC News   |   on 15 Nov 2018

By Brenda Saunders I was asked by an earnest, young (early 20s) PR consultant once “How did you find out stuff before Google?” Typical millennial, I thought, as my mind raced back to the days of phone calls, contact books, typewriters and libraries. However, the reality is millennials were born between 1982 and 2004, according […]

Read More >
03
Nov 2017

Government too conservative on OTC switch

by admin   |   in OTC News   |   on 03 Nov 2017

Consumers are looking for innovation and products beyond the pill, says Alan Main, Sanofi’s Global Head of Consumer Healthcare. Mr Main was recently in Australia to attend the World Self Medication Industry (WSMI) Conference in Sydney. He said industry will need to adapt and offer more innovation. “For example, in the United States in 2014 our consumer […]

Read More >
04
Jul 2017

Pharmacy Guild still trying to rescue codeine

by Theresa Brady   |   in OTC News Uncategorised   |   on 04 Jul 2017

The Pharmacy Guild is looking to state governments to allow a New Zealand-like model for the supply of codeine containing medicines to patients in community pharmacy. It is calling for a “structured supply arrangement, prescription ‘except when’ scheduling model” from February next year, when codeine products are up-scheduled to prescription only. A guild spokesperson said […]

Read More >
29
Jun 2017

Digital Ad Spend Surges For Pharma

by Theresa Brady   |   in OTC News   |   on 29 Jun 2017

SMI data shows that agency spend on Australian Doctor, the only remaining weekly tabloid, has risen 50.5 per cent compared to Q1 2016, with the publication earing $216,566 in the most recent quarter.

Read More >
30
May 2017

Disease awareness advertisements under fire

by admin   |   in OTC News   |   on 30 May 2017

The use of so-called ‘disease awareness’ advertising leads to waste, over-diagnosis and inappropriate therapy according to an article published by the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA). Issuing a call for stricter regulation of the promotional approach – which is largely unregulated in the US – author Dr Vinay Prasad from Oregon Health & Science University said: “Because […]

Read More >
11
May 2017

SMI PRESS: OTC pain medications safe for the heart when used according to label instructions

by admin   |   in SMI Press   |   on 11 May 2017

May 10, 2017 OTC pain medications safe for the heart when used according to label instructions Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says that people who follow the on-pack instructions for over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and diclofenac, should not be concerned by reports on research […]

Read More >
21
Mar 2017

Consumers can use OTC cough and cold medicines with confidence

by admin   |   in SMI Press   |   on 21 Mar 2017
NZSMI PRESS OTC cold and flu medicines

Consumers can use OTC cough and cold medicines with confidence
Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (SMI), says consumers can continue to use over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines with confidence.

Read More >