UNHEALTHY SEASON FOR OTC COLD PRODUCTS

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Sales of over-the-counter cough/cold remedies have been weak this season nationwide compared with last year, despite increases in the number of illnesses, according to a research firm here that tracks product sales and illness rates."This is a very strange year," said Gerald Kress, president, Surveillance Data, which generates weekly reports called the FAN Index, tracking

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Sales of over-the-counter cough/cold remedies have been weak this season nationwide compared with last year, despite increases in the number of illnesses, according to a research firm here that tracks product sales and illness rates.

"This is a very strange year," said Gerald Kress, president, Surveillance Data, which generates weekly reports called the FAN Index, tracking the number of cold cases around the country. "We had expected a strong fourth quarter, w

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