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Abbott awards mom $135,000 from Similac

BY Michael Johnsen

COLUMBUS, Ohio Abbott Nutrition on Thursday awarded Amy Kaminski, a mom from Tucson, Ariz., the grand prize of $135,000 in the second annual “Similac Mom’s Payday” contest.

Kaminski’s entry was chosen from more than 30,000 photo essays. “Undoubtedly there are few callings in life that are as admirable, or as challenging, as parenthood,” stated Matt Harris, division vice president of U.S. pediatric nutrition brands, Abbott Nutrition.  “With the Similac Mom’s Payday contest, we are proud to give back to moms who give so much every day.”

According to a recent survey by Salary.com, a typical mom like Kaminski should earn $135,000 per year based on her daily activities—a $5,000 raise over last year’s figure.  The Similac Mom’s $135K Payday contest invited moms and moms-to-be to submit a photo showing their favorite “mom job,” along with a brief caption.

Kaminski’s winning caption read: “All in a day’s work: Accountant, activities director, chef, chauffer, counselor, delivery service, dispatcher, emergency responder, financial planner, judge, life coach, maid, music instructor, nurse, personal shopper, photographer, record keeper, rent-a-techie, rodeo clown, secretary, set designer, teacher, travel agent; whatever you call it, this Mom’s favorite job is juggling!”

In addition to the grand prize winner, 10 first-prize winners were chosen to receive a week’s salary, worth $3,000, and 20 second-prize winners were selected to receive a case of Similac infant formula each. 

The complete list of this year’s contest winners is available at www.similacmomspayday.com.

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Abbott starts correction on blood glucose meters

BY Drew Buono

ALAMEDA Abbott has started a worldwide medical device correction for its Precision Xtra, Optium, ReliOn Ultima, Rite Aid, and Kroger blood glucose meters that were manufactured after Jan. 31, 2007.

If the meter is dropped on a hard surface, it may affect the screen’s readability. Risks of not being able to read the test results include hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Abbott Diabetes Care discovered the problem during testing which found the meters’ display can be jarred or disconnected when dropped, thereby making it difficult to read the lot number or date information; in some cases it caused the screen to appear completely blank.

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Adams celebrates 10-year anniversary

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESTER, N.J. Adams Respiratory Therapeutics Tuesday morning announced that it will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its incorporation with a celebration for employees on Sept. 12 at Municipal Field (Gazebo Park) in Chester, New Jersey.

“On the occasion of this important milestone, I applaud our employees, whose talents and tireless efforts have fueled Adams’ phenomenal growth in the past several years,” stated Michael Valentino, Adams president and chief executive officer. “I’m proud of our accomplishments and I look forward to a second decade of success with multiple new product introductions and our planned expansion into the prescription respiratory market.”

Adams, best known for its Mucinex and Delsym cough and cold products and the nationwide Mr. Mucus consumer advertising campaign, commenced operations in Fort Worth, Texas in September 1997. In April 2004, the company relocated its corporate headquarters from Fort Worth to Chester. Adams currently employees nearly 500 people and its Chester facility houses more than 80 of its employees. The company has expanded its headquarter operations twice since relocating to Chester in 2004 and doubled its portfolio of marketed respiratory products this year.

Federal, state and local officials are scheduled to attend and participate in a ceremony recognizing Adams for its decade of success as a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of respiratory disorders.

“I congratulate Adams Respiratory Therapeutics on its 10-year anniversary, and the tremendous growth and success that this company has achieved in such a short period of time,” stated Stanley Kosierowski, chief operating officer and senior vice president, business support, New Jersey Economic Development Authority. “It is New Jersey’s good fortune to have companies like Adams come to our state, where they create jobs, become good neighbors and corporate citizens, and continue New Jersey’s fine tradition of improving public health by providing important medicines for the entire nation.”

In August 2007, Adams was named to Deloitte & Touche’s prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for New Jersey, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, and life sciences companies in the area. Adams was ranked No. 7 overall, based on achieving a revenue growth rate of 1,638 percent from 2002 to 2006.

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