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2012 Pharmacy Today Annual Over-the-Counter Product Survery

In September 2012, APhA e-mailed the Pharmacy Today Annual Over-the-Counter Product Survey to 9,698 practicing community pharmacist recipients of Pharmacy Today. Overall, the survey achieved an 11% response rate.

This year’s survey consisted of 13 introductory OTC questions and a series of 77 product categories, for which the recipients were asked to write in approximately how many times per week they had recommended each product. These 77 product categories were divided into three groups of questions, each of which was sent to one-third of participants. The “n” value represents the total number of pharmacists’ recommendations per week for each product category.

Adult Antihistamines (n = 3,690)

Claritin: 27%

Zyrtec: 26%

Benadryl: 20%

Allegra: 15%

Chlor-Trimeton: 6%

Alavert: 2%

Other: 5%

Adult Antitussives—Dextromethorphan (n = 2,365)

Mucinex DM: 36%

Delsym: 35%

DayQuil Cough: 9%

Robitussin Lingering Cold Long-Acting Cough: 4%

Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care: 3%

Vicks Nature Fusion Cough: 1%

Other: 12%

Adult Cold—Liquid Products (n = 1,614)

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom: 23%

Mucinex Cold, Flu & Sore Throat: 20%

NyQuil: 18%

DayQuil: 16%

Theraflu: 10%

Robitussin Peak Cold Multi-Symptom Cold: 8%

Other: 5%

Adult Decongestants (n = 1,969)

Sudafed: 66%

Sudafed PE: 23%

Other: 12%

Adult Expectorants (n = 1,628)

Mucinex/Mucinex D/Mucinex DM: 70%

Robitussin Peak Cold Cough + Chest Congestion DM: 21%

Vicks Formula 44 Custom Care Chesty Cough: 2%

Other: 8%

Adult Headache Products (n = 6,653)

Tylenol: 26%

Aleve: 18%

Advil: 16%

Motrin: 14%

Excedrin: 9%

Ecotrin: 3%

Other: 15%

Adult Multisymptom Allergy and Hay Fever Products (n = 2,743)

Claritin-D: 32%

Zyrtec-D: 25%

Allegra-D: 21%

Advil Allergy & Congestion Relief: 7%

Advil Allergy Sinus: 6%

Other: 9%

Adult Multisymptom Cold or Flu Products (n = 2,042)

Mucinex D: 34%

Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu: 21%

DayQuil: 10%

Robitussin Peak Cold Multi-Symptom Cold: 8%

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime: 8%

Mucinex Fast-Max: 2%

Other: 17%

Adult Multisymptom Cold or Flu Products—Nighttime (n = 1,544)

NyQuil: 30%

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime: 19%

Theraflu Nighttime Severe Cold & Cough: 15%

Robitussin Peak Cold Nighttime Multi-Symptom Cold: 8%

Sudafed PE Day + Night Cold: 8%

Alka-Seltzer Plus: 6%

Other: 15%

Adult Multivitamins (n = 3,000)

Centrum: 36%

One A Day: 21%

Nature Made: 14%

Nature’s Bounty: 10%

Geritol Complete: 1%

Vitafusion Multi Vites: 1%

Other: 18%

Adult Topical Decongestants (n = 769)

Afrin: 59%

Neo-Synephrine: 16%

Vicks Sinex 12-Hour Decongestant Nasal Spray: 6%

Vicks VapoInhaler: 5%

Mucinex Nasal Spray: 1%

Sinol All-Natural Nasal Spray: 1%

Other: 14%

Allergy Ophthalmic Drops (n = 2,039)

Zaditor: 37%

Alaway: 15%

Naphcon-A: 14%

Visine-A: 14%

Opcon-A: 10%

Claritin Eye: 3%

Other: 8%

Antidiarrheal Products (n = 1,936)

Imodium A-D: 54%

Pepto-Bismol: 20%

Kaopectate: 7%

Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief: 3%

Maalox Total Relief: 1%

Other: 15%

Antigas Products (n = 2,392)

Gas-X: 38%

Mylicon: 18%

Mylanta Gas Maximum Strength: 14%

Maalox Advanced: 10%

Beano: 8%

Phazyme Gas Relief: 7%

Other: 4%

Antisnoring Products (n = 440)

Breathe Right Nasal Strips: 88%

SnoreStop: 10%

Other: 2%

Artificial Saliva (n = 556)

Biotene Oral Balance: 64%

Salivart: 30%

Other: 6%

Artificial Tears (n = 1,748)

Systane: 27%

Refresh Tears: 26%

Tears Naturale: 15%

GenTeal: 10%

Visine Tears Dry Eye Relief: 6%

Blink Tears: 3%

Other: 13%

Aspirin for Cardioprotection (n = 3,160)

Bayer: 30%

Ecotrin: 24%

St. Joseph: 11%

Bufferin: 3%

Halfprin: 2%

Other: 31%

Athlete’s Foot Remedies (n = 1,481)

Lotrimin AF: 34%

Lamisil AT: 25%

Lotrimin Ultra: 13%

Tinactin: 12%

Zeasorb-AF: 7%

Micatin: 2%

Other: 7%

Calcium Supplements (n = 2,404)

Citracal: 24%

Caltrate: 23%

Os-Cal: 19%

Tums: 11%

Posture-D: 4%

Viactiv: 4%

Other: 15%

Canker Sore Treatments (n = 2,046)

Anbesol: 26%

Orajel for Canker Sores: 23%

Gly-Oxide: 15%

Colgate Orabase: 10%

Kank-A Mouth Pain Liquid: 10%

Zilactin-B: 7%

Other: 10%

Children’s Multivitamins (n = 2,443)

Flintstones: 35%

Poly-Vi-Sol: 20%

Centrum Kids: 16%

L’il Critters Gummy Vites: 13%

One A Day Kids: 6%

Other: 11%

Cold Sore Treatments (n = 1,693)

Abreva: 55%

Carmex: 15%

Orajel Mouth Sore Medicine: 8%

Herpecin-L: 5%

Zilactin: 4%

Anbesol Cold Sore Therapy: 2%

Other: 11%

Diabetes Monitoring Management (n = 1,163)

OneTouch: 30%

Accu-Chek: 22%

FreeStyle: 20%

Bayer Contour USB: 7%

Bayer A1CNow: 5%

iBGStar: <.5%

Other: 16%

Diaper Rash Treatments (n = 1,531)

A+D: 31%

Desitin Maximum Strength Original Paste: 28%

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste: 18%

Triple Paste: 7%

Balmex Diaper Rash Ointment: 5%

Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Diaper Rash Cream: 3%

Other: 9%

Digital Thermometers (n = 595)

BD Digital Thermometer: 44%

Omron Digital Thermometer: 16%

Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer: 9%

Vicks Digital Thermometer: 9%

Exergen Comfort Scanner: 1%

Other: 21%

Episodic Heartburn Treatments (n = 2,849)

Zantac: 25%

Tums: 17%

Pepcid AC: 16%

Maalox: 11%

Mylanta: 10%

Pepcid Complete: 10%

Other: 11%

Eye Washes (n = 496)

Bausch & Lomb Advanced Eye Relief: 36%

Collyrium: 34%

OcuFresh: 12%

Other: 18%

Fiber Supplements (n = 1,117)

Metamucil: 36%

Benefiber: 27%

FiberCon: 14%

Metamucil Clear and Natural: 8%

Fiber Choice: 6%

Citrucel with SmartFiber: 5%

Other: 4%

Frequent Heartburn Treatments (n = 1,793)

Prilosec OTC: 64%

Prevacid 24HR: 19%

Zegerid OTC: 2%

Other: 15%

General Foot Care Products (n = 1,098)

Dr. Scholl’s: 45%

Gold Bond: 18%

Kerasal: 9%

Zim’s Crack Creme: 8%

Miracle Foot Repair Cream: 4%

Mexsana Medicated Powder: 2%

Other: 16%

Head Lice Treatments (n = 1,414)

Nix: 54%

Rid: 32%

Licefreee!: 5%

LiceMD: 3%

Quit Nits: 3%

Lice Shield Shampoo and Conditioner: 2%

Other: 2%

Hemorrhoidal Treatments (n = 1,397)

Preparation H: 44%

Tucks: 26%

Nupercainal: 16%

Balneol: 2%

Other: 12%

Home Blood Pressure Monitors (n = 567)

Omron: 63%

HoMedics: 18%

LifeSource: 4%

Other: 15%

Home Cholesterol Tests (n = 221)

First Check Cholesterol Home Test: 59%

CholesTrak: 15%

CardioChek: 12%

Cholesterol BioMeter: 6%

CheckUp America Cholesterol Panel: 5%

Other: 3%

Home Ovulation Tests (n = 555)

First Response Ovulation Test: 52%

Clearblue Easy Ovulation Test: 28%

Answer: 4%

BD Basal Digital Thermometer: 4%

Accu-Clear Early Ovulation Predictor: 3%

Other: 9%

Home Pregnancy Tests (n = 1,031)

e.p.t.: 35%

First Response: 31%

Clearblue Easy: 13%

Answer: 2%

Fact Plus: 2%

Other: 18%

Incontinence Products (n = 588)

Depend: 44%

Poise: 39%

Attends: 11%

Tena Serenity: 7%

Other: 1%

Infant Formulas (n = 776)

Similac: 46%

Enfamil: 39%

Gerber Good Start: 6%

ProSobee: 5%

Isomil: 3%

Other: 1%

Insect Bite or Sting Remedies—Lotions and Creams (n = 2,438)

Cortizone-10: 25%

Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream: 16%

Cortaid: 16%

AfterBite: 15%

Caladryl: 8%

Aveeno Anti-Itch: 3%

Other: 17%

Itch Associated With Dry Skin—Lotions and Creams (n = 2,323)

Eucerin: 33%

Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion: 12%

Aveeno: 12%

AmLactin: 10%

CeraVe: 6%

Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion: 5%

Other: 22%

Jock Itch Products (n = 1,188)

Lamisil AT: 35%

Lotrimin AF: 30%

Zeasorb-AF: 13%

Tinactin: 11%

Other: 11%

Laxatives—Fiber (n = 2,169)

Metamucil: 29%

Benefiber: 28%

FiberCon: 7%

Fiber Choice: 6%

Citrucel with SmartFiber: 2%

Konsyl: 1%

Other: 28%

Laxatives—Nonfiber (n = 2,632)

MiraLax: 33%

Dulcolax: 25%

Senokot: 17%

Peri-Colace: 8%

Fleet: 6%

Ex-Lax: 3%

Other: 9%

Lip Balms (n = 1,652)

Carmex: 31%

ChapStick: 19%

Burt’s Bees: 13%

Blistex: 12%

Vaseline Lip Therapy: 10%

Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer SPF 15: 6%

Other: 9%

Menstrual Pain Treatments (n = 1,640)

Midol: 30%

Advil: 15%

Pamprin: 13%

Aleve: 12%

Motrin IB: 8%

ThermaCare HeatWraps: 8%

Other: 15%

Migraine Headache Products (n = 3,422)

Excedrin Migraine: 30%

Motrin IB: 21%

Aleve: 19%

Advil Migraine: 9%

Bayer Migraine Formula: 5%

Hyland’s Homeopathic Migraine Headache Relief: 2%

Other: 14%

Minor Burn and Sunburn Treatments (n = 1,636)

Solarcaine: 31%

A+D Original Ointment: 17%

Lanacane: 15%

Dermoplast: 9%

Bactine: 7%

Gold Bond Maximum Relief: 1%

Other: 20%

Moisturizing Creams (n = 2,454)

Eucerin: 25%

Cetaphil: 22%

AmLactin: 14%

Lubriderm: 13%

Aveeno: 12%

Vaseline: 5%

Other: 8%

Motion Sickness Remedies (n = 1,403)

Bonine: 31%

Dramamine Less Drowsy (meclizine): 29%

Sea-Band: 16%

Dramamine (dimenhydrinate): 14%

Other: 11%

Nail Antifungal Treatments (n = 532)

Fungi Nail: 30%

Dr. Scholl’s Fungal Nail Management Kit: 15%

FungiCure: 13%

Mycocide NS: 12%

Fungoid Tincture: 5%

Tineacide: 1%

Other: 25%

Nasal Decongestants—Saline (n = 1,382)

Ocean: 37%

Little Noses Saline: 18%

Simply Saline: 18%

Ayr: 17%

Rhinaris: 1%

Other: 10%

Nasal Irrigation Systems (n = 1,091)

Simply Saline: 47%

NasaFlo Neti Pot: 14%

NasalCare: 10%

SinuCleanse: 10%

Alkalol: 3%

Rhinaris: <.5%

Other: 17%

Ophthalmic Vasoconstrictors and Decongestants (n = 968)

Visine: 37%

Refresh: 27%

Clear Eyes: 27%

Other: 10%

Oral Glucose Gels (n = 218)

Dex4 Glucose Gel: 41%

Insta-Glucose: 21%

Glutose: 16%

GlucoBurst: 12%

Other: 10%

Osteoarthritis Pain—Oral Products (n = 4,899)

Tylenol: 31%

Advil: 20%

Motrin: 19%

Aleve: 18%

Other: 12%

Osteoarthritis Pain—Topical Treatments (n = 3,166)

Capzasin-P: 26%

Bengay: 18%

Icy Hot: 16%

ThermaCare Arthritis HeatWraps: 15%

Aspercreme: 14%

Tylenol Precise Pain Relieving Heat Patch: 3%

Other: 8%

Pain With Sleeplessness Products (n = 1,733)

Tylenol PM: 40%

Advil PM: 21%

Motrin PM: 13%

Unisom PM Pain: 5%

Excedrin PM: 3%

Alka-Seltzer PM Pain Reliever: 1%

Other: 17%

Pediatric Analgesics and Fever Reducers (n = 2,823)

Children’s Tylenol: 39%

Children’s Advil: 32%

PediaCare Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever: 6%

FeverAll: 4%

PediaCare Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever IB: 3%

Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever: 3%

Other: 13%

Pediatric Antihistamines (n = 1,864)

Children’s Claritin: 40%

Children’s Benadryl Allergy: 29%

Children’s Allegra Allergy: 11%

Kids Relief Allergy: 1%

PediaCare Allergy: 1%

Other: 19%

Pediatric Cough Antitussives (n = 1,459)

Delsym: 43%

Children’s Mucinex Cough: 15%

Children’s Robitussin Cough: 13%

PediaCare Cough & Congestion: 12%

Children’s Dimetapp Long Acting Cough Plus Cold: 5%

Children’s NyQuil Cold & Cough: <.5%

Other: 12%

Pediatric Decongestants (n = 849)

Children’s Sudafed Nasal Decongestant Liquid: 24%

Little Noses Decongestant Nose Drops: 23%

Triaminic Chest & Nasal Congestion: 21%

Mucinex Cold for Kids: 18%

Other: 15%

Pediatric Multisymptom Cold, Flu, or Allergy Products (n = 1,447)

Children’s Mucinex: 32%

Children’s Dimetapp: 26%

Triaminic: 22%

Children’s Robitussin Cough & Cold CF: 12%

Children’s Robitussin Cough & Cold Long-Acting: 4%

Other: 4%

Poison Ivy or Oak Remedies (n = 3,030)

Cortizone-10: 21%

Caladryl: 14%

Benadryl Cream/Spray: 13%

Aveeno: 10%

Ivy-Dry: 10%

Cortaid: 9%

Zanfel: 5%

Other: 18%

Probiotic Dietary Supplements (n = 1,595)

Florastor: 21%

Lactinex: 17%

Align: 16%

Culturelle: 15%

Phillips’ Colon Health: 11%

Flora-Q: 3%

Other: 17%

Sinus Headache Products (n = 2,996)

Advil Cold & Sinus: 24%

Sudafed 12 Hour Pressure + Pain: 21%

Sudafed PE Pressure + Pain: 11%

Aleve-D Sinus & Cold: 8%

Excedrin Sinus Headache: 7%

Advil Congestion Relief: 6%

Other: 23%

Sleep Aids (n = 1,256)

Unisom SleepTabs (doxylamine): 22%

Unisom SleepGels (diphenhydramine): 21%

ZzzQuil: 7%

Nytol: 6%

Sominex: 5%

MidNite: 2%

Other: 38%

Smoking Cessation Products (n = 508)

NicoDerm CQ: 34%

Nicorette Gum: 29%

Commit Lozenges: 6%

Other: 32%

Stool Softeners (n = 2,132)

Colace: 54%

Dulcolax Stool Softener: 20%

Kaopectate Stool Softener: 3%

Fleet Sof-Lax: 1%

Phillips’ Stool Softener: 1%

Other: 21%

Therapeutic Skin Care Products (n = 2,161)

Aquaphor: 26%

Eucerin: 23%

Cetaphil: 17%

Lubriderm: 14%

AmLactin: 8%

Aveeno: 8%

Other: 4%

Thermal and Pain Care Patches (n = 1,189)

ThermaCare HeatWraps: 34%

Salonpas Pain Relief Patch: 28%

Icy Hot Patch: 26%

Bengay Ultra Strength Pain Relieving Patch: 8%

WellPatch: 2%

Other: 2%

Tooth Whitening Systems (n = 437)

Crest 3D White Whitestrips: 70%

Rembrandt 2-Hour Whitening Kit: 19%

Aquafresh White Trays: 4%

Listerine Whitening Pen: 3%

Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening System: 3%

Luster Premium White 1 Hour White at Home Tooth Whitening Light System: 1%

Other: 1%

Topical Antibiotic Ointments and Creams (n = 1,781)

Neosporin: 59%

Bacitracin: 18%

Polysporin: 12%

Other: 11%

Upset Stomach and Nausea Treatments (n = 1,502)

Emetrol: 25%

Pepto-Bismol: 21%

Tums: 17%

Mylanta: 15%

Maalox Total Relief: 7%

Gaviscon: 6%

Other: 9%

Urinary Tract Infection Tests (n = 167)

AZO Test Strips: 90%

VH Essentials UTI Home Test: 5%

Other: 4%

Vaginal Yeast Infection Treatments (n = 1,066)

Monistat: 62%

Gyne-Lotrimin: 19%

Vagistat: 4%

Mycelex: <.5%

Nature’s Cure: <.5%

Other: 14%

Zinc-Containing Cold Products (n = 1,168)

Cold-Eeze: 40%

Airborne: 34%

Zicam Cold Remedy: 18%

Halls Defense Harvest Cherry: 7%

Other: 1%

 

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