A History of Invention,
Reinvention and Innovation
The Launch of Ludens
William H. Luden starts a candy and cough drop business in the back of his father's jewelry shop in Reading, PA. After giving away samples of his cough drops to railroad men, he was forced to expand his factory three times in one decade to keep up with demand.
Dr. Wilson Creates Cloverine
Ever the entrepreneur, Dr. James Thompson Wilson, a Pennsylvania physician, creates White Cloverine brands salve on his kitchen stove. With the power of some clever marketing, his product catches on as a proven remedy for chapped lips, dry skin, minor cuts and burns, scrapes, skin irritations and even diaper rash.
A New Kind of Pain Relief
In Durham, NC, pharmacists Germain Bernard and C.T. Council create a new means of effective pain relief, a new formula delivered in powder form. The powder quickly gains a loyal following from hard workers in need of fast relief from the toughest of aches and pains.
In a crowded category of pain relievers, pharmacist Martin Goodman becomes a leader in the field with a formula that worked wonders on the headaches of hard working factory men. Initially handed out by Martin's own family during shift changes, "Goody's" quickly gained a loyal following with demand soon outpacing its own factory production.
Spic and Span
Two housewives from Saginaw, Michigan, Elizabeth "Bet" MacDonald and Naomi Stenglein, invent this household cleaner in their spare time, experimenting with different formulas until landing on one that left the surfaces in their home spotless.
Dentist Robert Schattner, aka Dr. Bob, created this germ-killing mouthwash and throat anesthetic after finding inspiration at a cocktail party. When asked about the possibilities of a solution to disinfect the mouth after dental work, Dr. Bob went home to experiment, creating Chloraseptic.
A new company grows...
A consumer products company, Medtech, is established in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Born with a focus on growing iconic American brands, this company will someday be known as Prestige Brands.
After frequently being asked for a reliable saline solution for kids in his pharmacy in Long Island, NY, Matt Kornberg decided to make his own, naming it "Little Noses Saline." Based on its popularity, Matt formed a company, growing a line of Little Remedies for children without artificial colors, flavors, dyes or preservatives.
"The Start of Something New"
Medtech joins The Shansby Group, forming Prestige Brands, Inc.
Prestige Brands adds Compound W, New Skin, Dermoplast and Percogesic to its portfolio of brands.
Spic and Span, Cinch join Prestige Brands
"More Growth, More Change"
Little Remedies OTC®, the first pediatric products acquired by Prestige Brands, marks the biggest acquisition to date.
Prestige Brands, now a consolidation of Medtech, the Spic and Span Company and Florida-based Bonita Bay Holdings, Inc., acquires Chloraseptic, Clear Eyes eye care products, Murine eye and ear care products, and Comet household cleansers.
Prestige Brands initiates successful public offering under trading symbol PBH.
Fiscal '05 revenues approach $290 million.
A Transformation Begins
A new team takes the helm, with a new mission – to support and innovate over-the-counter brands and, in doing so, improve the quality of life for people everywhere.
The New Mission is Pursued
Continuing their mission and focus on OTC, Prestige Brands acquires Pediacare, Luden's, Efferdent, Effergrip, NasalCrom and Dramamine.
An Historic Acquisition
Largest acquisition in company history is made involving 17 brands including:
- Beano, Fiber Choice, Gaviscon, Tagamet, (gastro)
- BC, Goody's, Ecotrin (pain)
- Sominex + Nytol (sleep aids)
"Prestige Brands is now the largest independent OTC products company in the U.S., posting record 4th quarter and year-end revenues."
Efferdent Power Clean Crystals are Created
We invigorated the denture cleanser category with the fourth quarter launch of new Efferdent® Power Clean Crystals, the first innovation in denture care in many years.
BC Powder Cherry is created
Little Remedies Runs TV Ads
Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins the Goody's Team
Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR racing today, joined Goody's longtime spokesman, Richard "The King" Petty, in a new multi-media campaign that introduced consumers to the fast-dissolving headache remedy.
BC Powder becomes official sponsor of the SEC
BC Powder®, the trusted choice for fast headache pain relief announced a new sponsorship with the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Fiber Choice Fruity Bites
FiberChoice® Fruity Bites are the natural choice to close the fiber gap easily and naturally. These fiber rich gummies contain both natural colors and natural flavors. So when it comes to your fiber, get picky and go for Fruity Bites!
Goody's™ Headache Relief Shot™
Prestige Brands develops an innovation in the analgesics category with the Goody's™ Headache Relief Shot™.
Prestige Brands acquires Care Pharmaceuticals of Bondi Junction, Australia
Hydralyte™ Acquisition Agreement
Acquired Hydralyte™, the leading OTC brand in oral rehydration in Australia & New Zealand, to be marketed by Care Pharmaceuticals, our subsidiary in Australia.
Insight Pharmaceuticals Acquisition
Signed definitive agreement with Insight; Largest acquisition in company history to include the purchase of Monistat®, the Company’s largest and first $100 million brand.