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2014 Top Recommended Health Products

On June 18, 2014, Sophia Sherry from U.S. News & World Report and Courtney Dysart from the Pharmacy Times spoke to Manalapan health Examiner Stacey Chillemi." Sophia Sherry and Courtney Dysart gave Chillemi a rundown of the top recommended health products of 2014. This information has just been released to the public and Manalapan health Examiner is here to share it exclusively with you.

News & World Report and Pharmacy Times
used with permission by News & World Report and Pharmacy Times
used with permission from U.S. News & World Report and Pharmacy Times

U.S. News displays all brands that received at least 1 percent of pharmacists' votes, but only products that garnered the most votes within a given category earned the "No. 1 Pharmacist Recommended" designation. In some cases, two or more products tied for that distinction, arising when their vote tallies came within 5 percentage points of the product with the most votes.

Note that when deciphering ties, U.S. News looks at the extended percentage into the millionths and trillionths and beyond, but to simplify, you'll see the percentages rounded to the whole numbers. Consequently, the sum of all product percentages in certain categories is sometimes 99 or 101 percent. There are also a few products that seem like they should be tied, given that they're only five rounded percentage points apart from the top product, but they're actually more than 5 percentage points apart, once you fully extend the numbers. Pharmacy Times handled rounding a little differently, and so some products differ by a percentage point between our website and the OTC Guide.

For both resources, it's important to note these pharmacist recommendations are based solely on brand-name products in cases where generics may be present.

We hope Top Recommended Health Products will help make your next trip to the drugstore a little more informed and a little less mind-boggling. While you should always check package labels for ingredients, directions and warnings, this information is another resource when considering different brands. When in doubt about how well a product will handle the job, step up to the counter and ask.

Here are some of the top recommended health products for 2014:

Sunscreens (*new this year)

  1. Neutrogena (52%)
  2. Coppertone (30%)
  3. Hawaiian Tropic (10%)

Sun Burn Relief

  1. Solarcaine-Cool Aloe Burn Relief Formula Pain Relieving Gel (70%)
  2. Banana Boat-Aloe Vera Sun Burn Relief Gel (20%)
  3. Hawaiian Tropic-Cool Aloe After Sun Burn I.C.E (5%)

Stretch Mark Treatments (*new this year)

  1. Mederma Stretch Marks (46%)
  2. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion (35%)
  3. Bio-Oil (16%)

Nasal Decongestants

  1. Afrin (72%)
  2. Mucinex Nasal Spray (9%)
  3. NasalCrom (8%)

Oral Decongestants

  1. Sudafed-Pseudoephedrine (44%)
  2. Mucinex-D (18%)
  3. Claritin D (15%)

Immune Support

  1. Airborne (41%)
  2. Emergen-C (33%)
  3. Other (11%)

Herbal Supplements

  1. Nature Made (58%)
  2. Nature’s Bounty (26%)
  3. Nature’s Way, Sundown (7% tie)

“Letter” Vitamin Brands

  1. Nature Made (61%)
  2. Nature’s Bounty (20%)
  3. Sundown (9%)

Children’s Multivitamins

  1. Flintstones Gummies/Multivitamins (52%)
  2. Centrum Kids (21%)
  3. L’il Critters Gummy Vites (12%)

Children’s Motion Sickness (*new this year)

  1. Dramamine for Kids (71%)
  2. Bonine (24%)
  3. Hyland’s Motion Sickness (5%)

Adhesive Bandages

  1. Band-Aid (72%)
  2. Nexcare (13%)
  3. Curad (8%)

Liquid Bandages

  1. New-Skin (69%)
  2. Band-Aid Liquid Bandage (17%)
  3. 3M Nexcare Liquid Bandage Drops (10%)


  1. Tums (41%)
  2. Maalox (20%)
  3. Mylanta (16%)

Nausea Remedies

  1. Emetrol (58%)
  2. Pepto-Bismol (27%)
  3. Alka-Seltzer (7%)

Burn Treatments

  1. Neosporin (40%)
  2. Dermoplast (18%)
  3. Polysporin (10%)

Topical Poison Ivy/Oak Treatments

  1. Cortizone-10 (22%)
  2. Caladryl (16%)
  3. Ivy-Dry (12%)

About U.S. News & World Report
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About Pharmacy Times
Pharmacy Times is the industry’s leading publication, providing practical clinical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with physicians. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. The Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Learn more at, write to, call 609-716-7777, or visit them on Facebook and on Twitter. Pharmacy Times is published by Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education.

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