NACDS Marketplace showcases new products that fill unmet needs

August 11, 2008

Nearly 600 companies exhibited thousands of products at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Marketplace in San Diego.

Nearly 600 companies exhibited thousands of products at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Marketplace in San Diego. Highlighted here are new products that potentially fill unmet health needs.

Showering for the physically challenged

Etac, of Stockholm, Sweden, introduced two products to the U.S. market that are designed to make showers easier for people with physical challenges. A three-legged shower stool, called Edge, is designed especially to fit easily into smaller shower stalls common in older houses. With a triangular seat less than 18 inches on each side, it can conveniently fit into the corner of a shower. Its legs are adjustable to accommodate users of different heights and uneven shower floors, and it can accommodate users up to 287 pounds.

Also for the shower is a new line of cast covers, called Freedom, launched for the drugstore market by Brown Medical Industries, of Spirit Lake, Iowa. The cast covers have the same sturdy polyvinyl bag as their successful Seal-Tight cast covers but lack the application ring. This change considerably reduces cost and package size. A Freedom cast cover is reusable and will last the life of the cast.

Vitamins and supplements easier to swallow