Apothecary names industry vets to three key roles
BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Apothecary Products, a manufacturer and distributor of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies, announced three new hires for its leadership team: Nathan Hanson, president and CEO; Darran Spence, CFO; and Jim O’Sullivan, SVP of sales. All three individuals bring extensive, results-driven experience to their new roles, the company said.
Hanson joins Apothecary from Oasis Brands, where he served as CEO and as a board member. During his tenure, Oasis experienced significant business growth and profitability improvements. Hanson's experience prior to Oasis includes leadership positions with Pure Fishing and Kimberly-Clark.
“I’m honored to join the Apothecary team, and I look forward to working with Jim, Darran, our management team, and our talented employees to continue building upon its success. Apothecary has built a solid reputation, long-term customer relationships, category leadership, and solid financial performance over the years," Hanson said. "I am confident that with the talent we are bringing in coupled with the already strong team that we will be able to create value added innovation that drives growth for our customers and helps consumers live life a little easier and better.”
Before joining Apothecary, Darran Spence was a consultant with River Rock Partners in various capacities: she helped lead acquisition integrations, strategic planning initiatives, and growth strategies for improving overall profitability at businesses. Additionally, Spence provided interim CFO support.
Jim O’Sullivan joins the company from Designer Protein, where he was SVP of sales. During his time at Designer Protein, he led the sales team and also established the organization, systems and processes need to bolster growth.
“Both Darran and Jim bring significant consumer product industry experience and have demonstrated over the course of their respective careers their individual ability to lead growth and profitability improvement, provide leadership, and develop people. On behalf of the entire Apothecary team, we are all excited to have them on board. I am confident that the addition of these two individuals to a strong leadership team and our committed, passionate employees position us for future success and growth,” Hanson added.
FDA expands approval for Lumizyme
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration approved Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa) for treatment of patients with infantile-onset Pompe disease, including patients who are younger than 8 years of age, the agency said. Additionally, the FDA announced that the risk evaluation and mitigation strategy that is referred to as the Lumizyme ACE program is being discontinued.
Pompe disease is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in an estimated 1-in-every-40,000 to -300,000 births. Heart and skeletal muscle weakness is the primary symptom, which progresses to respiratory weakness and death from respiratory failure.
When Lumizyme was approved in 2010, there wasn't sufficient data to support the drug's safety and efficacy in the infantile-onset Pompe population, so the drug was only approved for use in late onset Pompe disease patients who are at least 8 years of age. The FDA's expanded approval provides access to the drug for all patients with Pompe disease, regardless of age. Lumizyme is manufactured by Genzyme Corp.
Oscar Mayer adds bacon jerky to product lineup
MADISON, Wis. — If you’ve ever wished you could have bacon on the go, then the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB) has some good news for you.
Oscar Mayer has unveiled Bacon Jerky, available in two flavors — Bourbon Barbecue and Teriyaki Ginger — and packaged in an on-the-go bacon jerky pouch.
"It's obvious that people love bacon," said Sarah Jones, senior brand manager for Oscar Mayer Bacon. "But we know not everyone has time to whip out their skillet to make some throughout the day. With bacon jerky, Oscar Mayer is providing bacon enthusiasts with an easy and satisfying way to snack on bacon while on the move."
Oscar Mayer Bacon Jerky is available in 3-oz. ready-to-eat packages. It can be found alongside the full line of Oscar Mayer Bacon in the refrigerated meat case in most grocery stores nationwide, but is also shelf-stable.