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Clarification: Walgreens sees more staffing changes with departures of three purchasing VPs

BY Drug Store News Team

NEW YORK A report Thursday on new changes in Walgreens’ purchasing department included a statement indicating that the departure of three divisional merchandise managers could signal changes in the structure of the chain’s overall purchasing department. No such changes are foreseen, said a company spokesperson.

“As for the way purchasing activities are currently organized,” explained Walgreens spokesperson Tiffani Washington, “we’ll keep our current structure.”

The positions of all three of the outgoing general merchandise managers will be filled, she added, with replacements drawn either from inside or outside the company.

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Murad launches Active Radiance Serum

BY Antoinette Alexander

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Murad Inc., which sells its skin care products at select retailers, including Sephora and Ulta, has launched the new Active Radiance Serum to brighten and renew skin.

The first product on the market to introduce Murad?s latest vitamin C technology Active Radiance Serum, the product is clinically proven to firm skin up to 64% in 15 minutes and to brighten and renew the skin in one week by improving natural radiance and clarity, the company stated. The product delivers highly stable vitamin C, which is 50 times the potency of prior generations.

The product will be available in May for $89 at the Murad Inclusive Health Center and Spa, Murad.com, Sephora, Ulta and select salon and spa locations.

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FDA issues letter to Procter & Gamble regarding manufacturing plant conditions

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration late last month issued a warning letter to Procter & Gamble regarding unsanitary conditions at a plant in Puerto Rico that manufacturers Sinex Long Acting Nasal Spray and Vicks Early Defense Hand Sanitizer as well as several Olay hair care and skin care products.

The warning letter suggested that problems at the plant may have caused contamination or threatened the health of consumers and faulted failures in following procedures for cleaning maintenance equipment.

P&G said none of the issues raised by the FDA compromised the safety of any products, according to an AP report. Paul Fox, P&G spokesman, told the news service that FDA inspectors did identify areas “here we can and will make improvements,” and the company has begun a review of the plant’s manufacturing practices.

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