Food and Drug Administration's Arthritis and Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committees unanimously recommended here that ketoprofen, a nonsteroidal inflammatory drug (NSAID), be approved for over-the-counter sale.
The FDA usually follows the advisory committee recommendations, though it is not known if and when a full clearance will be given.
Both Bayer Consumer Care, Parsippany, N.J., a division of the Bayer Corp., Pittsburgh, and Whitehall Robins, Madison, N.J., have developed ketoprofen products for OTC use. Bayer currently distributes ketoprofen by prescription in 27 countries, though not in the United States, under about seven different trade names. Whitehall-Robins distributes ketoprofen by prescription under the name Orudis.
KENNEBUNK, Maine -- Tom's of Maine here has created a line of natural soaps that contain no artificial detergents, fragrances or dyes. The soaps will be available Aug. 1 in three different varieties -- deodorant, moisturizing and children's -- at a suggested retail of $1.99 to $2.49 each.
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble here is expanding its Pantene Pro-V product line with three new products: a light spray conditioner, rinse-off deep fortifying treatment, and clarifying shampoo. Each will be available next month at a suggested retail of $3.49.