Icy Hot® SmartRelief™ Named #1 Pharmacist Recommended Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Brand

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey published by Pharmacy Times and U.S. News & World Report offers good news for people suffering from chronic pain. More pharmacists across the U.S. recommend Icy Hot® SmartRelief than any other brand of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy, making it the #1 brand in that classification of their 2015-2016 report of the Top Recommended Health Products.

"To be included in this elite category is an honor that reflects both the groundbreaking efficacy and design simplicity of the Icy Hot SmartRelief system to deliver nearly immediate, yet long-lasting pain relief without a prescription," said Lucas Mininger, Icy Hot Marketing Director at Chattem, Inc. "Available nationwide for just a year, pharmacists already recognize its important role for the millions of Americans dealing with chronic back pain on a daily basis."

Back pain alone affects eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives[1] making a drug-free, clinically proven pain management option valuable to consumers. The Icy Hot SmartRelief system delivers portable, powerful pain relief for persistent, chronic aching back muscles—even arthritis—through a small, wireless battery-powered device. Its TENS technology begins blocking the body's pain signals immediately by sending gentle electrical pulses along the nerve to intercept pain signals before they reach the brain, providing relief that can last for hours even after you turn it off. Coming this Fall, Icy Hot SmartRelief will have TENS product offerings available to provide pain relief to other body parts in addition to the back, addressing the knee, shoulder, and hip. Visit www.IcyHot.com or www.smartrelief.com for more information.

This is the fourth year that U.S. News & World Report has joined Pharmacy Times in honoring the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brands. Pharmacy Times has conducted the survey for 19 years and through its collaboration with U.S. News & World Report makes it broadly available through both publications, giving consumers access to the same guide used by health care professionals. Nearly 2,700 pharmacists were included in the annual survey that compares leading over-the-counter (OTC) products across 168 categories most sought by consumers.

The report is available at http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-products and in Pharmacy Times' annual OTC Guide.

About Chattem
Chattem, Inc. is the U.S. consumer healthcare division of Sanofi. Founded in 1879 as the Chattanooga Medicine Company, Chattem is now one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of branded consumer healthcare products in the United States. With more than 30 well-known brands, including ACT® Fluoride Mouth Rinse, Allegra®, Cortizone-10®, Gold Bond®, Icy Hot®, Nasacort® Allergy 24HR and Rolaids®, Chattem's products are medicine cabinet staples in millions of homes. For more information, please visit www.chattem.com

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[1] NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Accessed on September 10, 2014 at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/backpain.html

SOURCE Chattem, Inc.