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BD Medical launches Emerald syringe line

BY Alaric DeArment

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — BD Medical has launched a line of syringes designed to address medication delivery needs while benefiting the environment, the company said Monday.

BD Medical, a segment of Becton, Dickinson and Co., announced the launch of the BD Emerald Syringe portfolio. The new line includes the BD Emerald Conventional Syringe; the BD Emerald Saf-T, which has a shielding mechanism to prevent needlestick injuries; and the BD Emerald Pro Reuse Prevention Syringe, which prevents reuse through a passive locking system. The Emerald Pro is designed for use in developing countries, though the whole line is designed to reduce medical waste.

"BD recognizes that human health and a healthy environment are inseparable," BD EVP Bill Kozy said. "We are committed to responsible environmental stewardship in our business conduct. The BD Emerald syringes meet our highest standards for product quality while also reducing environmental impact by using sustainable operations practices and less material."

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More merchandising moves announced at Walmart

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Senior leadership within Walmart’s merchandising organization continues to undergo a transformation as the retailer’s chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton on Friday announced another round of personnel moves.

The most recent changes were precipitated by an announcement that veteran merchant John Westling was retiring from his position of EVP general merchandise and replenishment. That resulted in the elevation of SVPs John Aden and Pam Kohn to new EVP roles, which in turn triggered additional personnel moves Walmart announced internally on Friday.

Among the key changes, Gary Severson will transition to the role of SVP/GMM hardlines, after previously serving as SVP/GMM entertainment. Filling his shoes will be Seong Ohm, who will serve as SVP/GMM entertainment, after previously holding the position of SVP home, hardlines and entertainment in Walmart’s Global Merchandising Center. Severson and Ohm will report to Aden.

Filling Ohm’s role is veteran merchant Karen Stuckey who was named SVP home, hardlines and entertainment in the Global Merchandise Center. She will report to EVP softlines Andy Barron.

Filling Stuckey’s role is Michelle Gloeckler, who was named SVP/GMM home and also will report to Barron. She previously served as SVP merchandise execution.

Another notable move involved Matt Kistler, who was named SVP merchandise execution after serving briefly as SVP marketing, prior to which he was SVP sustainability.

The previous week in conjunction with Westling’s retirement announcement the company named John Aden EVP general merchandise and Pam Kohn EVP Walmart’s merchandise services organization. Aden had previously served as SVP hardlines and Kohn was SVP global food sourcing.

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Viagra patent upheld

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Pfizer announced that the patent for its popular erectile dysfunction treatment was upheld in court.

The drug maker said that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia concluded that Pfizer’s patent for Viagra was valid and enforceable and prevents generic drug maker Teva from marketing its version of the drug until October 2019. Pfizer noted that litigation on the same patent remains pending against other generic companies, but no trials are scheduled in those other cases.

The court’s decision, however, is subject to appeal by Teva.

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