Hydration is hot news

UK based consumer healthcare business Clinova has seen a rapid increase in sales of its new tablet form of rehydration salts O.R.S® due to the heatwave in the UK.

UK sales in July have increased 400% from the same period last year. Average weekly sales in Tesco have recently doubled and Tesco has now expanded the availability of the product from 336 of it large UK stores to 524 stores. The product is also available from Superdrug, Asda, Morrisons, and 2500 independent pharmacies across the UK. Lloydspharmacy, the UK’s second largest pharmacy group has recently agreed it will make O.R.S® available in 1000 of its UK stores from September.

“The unexpected arrival of soaring temperatures, the weather outlook saying it will stay this way in the UK for a while, repeated Met Office Heatwave Warnings for the young and elderly, and the British people’s determination to enjoy the sun and still carry on with their active lives have all helped to really boost the sales of O.R.S® through its extensive UK availability,” said Clinova’s Chief Executive Officer, Charles Ebubedike.

The success comes from the brand expanding a traditional medical market for rehydration salts by introducing a convenient, great tasting soluble tablet which delivers the right balance of electrolytes, glucose and minerals formulated to quickly restore optimum hydration in a highly portable solution. This is driving new markets in the UK and overseas for travellers, people fasting during Ramadan, holidaymakers, sports, wellbeing and health and beauty.

New Study Backs ORS in workplace

A new study investigating effect of an oral rehydration solution (ORS) on fatigue in workers engaged in manual work during the summer suggest that the intake of ORS during outdoor work in a hot environment would be effective for preventing industrial accidents and heat stroke. The study investigated 153 workers engaged in loading cargo onto aircraft at Tokyo International Airport. The subjects were randomly divided into two groups: with one group restricted to ORS intake and the other group having free-choice of their favorite drink (FAD). The subjects were asked about the amount of beverage that they consumed and the type of FAD that they chose on the days of the survey. The effects of the ORS and the FAD were compared using a visual analogue scale (VAS) to determine the degree of fatigue experienced immediately after completing work. The most commonly chosen types of FAD were tea and coffee. The fatigue VAS was significantly lower on the ORS intake days than on the FAD intake days. The results of this study suggest that the intake of ORS during outdoor work in a hot environment would be effective for preventing industrial accidents and heat stroke. Therefore, It is important to select an appropriate drink to ensure adequate intake of water and electrolytes.



Ishikawa TTamura HIshiguro HYamaguchi KMinami K.


Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. ishito@jikei.ac.jp


Full study, please see  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20551583