HBC, PHARMACY BOTH SEE GAINS IN NEW OTC SWITCHES

Supermarkets' health and beauty care and pharmacy departments acted quickly as three products formerly sold only by prescription, Rogaine, Nicorette and Zantac 75, all debuted over the counter this month.Though sales will go to HBC, pharmacists said the most recent prescription-to-OTC switches will benefit their departments as well."If handled correctly, I see it as a plus for pharmacies," said Doug

Supermarkets' health and beauty care and pharmacy departments acted quickly as three products formerly sold only by prescription, Rogaine, Nicorette and Zantac 75, all debuted over the counter this month.

Though sales will go to HBC, pharmacists said the most recent prescription-to-OTC switches will benefit their departments as well.

"If handled correctly, I see it as a plus for pharmacies," said Doug Berry, pharmacy director at Waldbaum's, Central Islip, N.Y., a division of A

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