Glenn Smith
May 21, 2009

Sector Insight... OTC drugs market enjoys steady growth in China

Medication bought over the counter is cheaper and often the only option for some Chinese consumers.

When Saatchi Saatchi pried the Amway China account from incumbent Ogilvy Mather China last month, it was assigned a brand with an intriguing back story, Nutrilite. Conceived in Shanghai in 1934 by Dr Carl F. Rehnborg, the nutrition supplement was perfected in California. Nutrilite first appeared in Amway’s sales portfolio in 1949, and eventually Amway took over the company in 1994.

That year also marked a homecoming for Nutrilite, which was returned to China when Amway...

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