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Drive DeVilbiss helps differentiate breast pump market

BY Michael Johnsen

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare on Thursday introduced its Pure Expressions Dual Channel Breast Pump, the only breast pump on the market that allows for suction strength adjustment for each breast individually.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based manufacturer’s new breast pump also features True2Nature Expression, which delivers two modes of expression – Stimulation and Expression. Simulating a baby’s instinctive nursing rhythms, it provides a pumping session as natural as the true breastfeeding experience.

In addition, the closed-loop, anti-backflow system guarantees no milk backup into the tubing or motor for a healthy experience with a pump that’s easy to clean.

The pump’s digital LCD display indicates the Stimulation and Expression modes, allows for nine suction strength adjustments for each individual breast, and includes a 30-minute timer and memory function, which auto-saves the last pumping session.

“Breastfeeding is an intimate experience a mother can share with her baby, and being able to successfully express milk when you can’t breastfeed is as important as breastfeeding itself,” Jeanne Borgia, product manager – personal care for Drive DeVilbiss, said. “As the only breast pumps on the market that allow the mother to adjust the suction strength for each individual breast, the Pure Expressions Breast Pumps truly mimic a baby’s natural nursing rhythm and suckling pattern, helping to ensure a quicker, more comfortable experience.”

The Pure Expressions Dual Channel Breast Pump is packaged with all the necessary accessories, including storage bottles, breast shields and cushion inserts. It’s also available in various configurations, including a carry bag and insulated cooler.

 

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Rolling Strong partners with higi on wellness tracking for truckers

BY Michael Johnsen

Rolling Strong, the provider of driver wellness programs for transportation companies, their drivers, and owner-operators, on Thursday announced their partnership to deliver on-the-road access to the more than 11,000 higi self-screening health stations across America. With this partnership, higi’s health stations will provide the opportunity for drivers to measure, track and share their biometric health data as part of Rolling Strong wellness programs.

“Rolling Strong has a tremendous track record of empowering companies and drivers to improve their health and wellness, and we look forward to helping Rolling Strong advance their mission to reverse the declining health of America’s commercial drivers and get them home safely,” Jeff Bennett higi CEO, said. “By connecting with truck drivers at one of our 11,000 self-screening health stations across America, we can be a valuable conduit towards helping them stay their healthiest while on the road.”

As a Rolling Strong partner, higi will provide free access to Rolling Strong members to measure their biometric health numbers, including blood pressure, BMI and weight, and directly integrate with the Rolling Strong platform and mobile app for seamless engagement with their overall health and wellness. Among other features, this unique integration will allow the Rolling Strong application to make personalized dining suggestions based on a user’s combination of biometric data, activity levels and geographic location.

“Our partnership with higi will help us measure the success of our programs and provide a more personalized health and wellness experience for the nation’s commercial drivers,” Steven Kane, president Rolling Strong said. “With their extensive network of health stations across America, truck drivers can conveniently complete screenings and track their progress through the Rolling Strong platform and mobile app.”

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Clarion Brands CEO named chairman CHPA

BY Michael Johnsen

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday elected Gary Downing as chair of the CHPA Board of Directors at its Annual Executive Conference held March 11-14 at Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Fla.

“We are delighted that Gary is taking on this role at such a critical time for the consumer healthcare industry. His broad experience within our industry will be extremely beneficial as the association helps its members navigate through a quickly changing regulatory and business environment,” Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, said. “I’d also like to express my appreciation to Jeff Needham, CHPA’s outgoing chair, under whose leadership the association made tremendous progress on policy priorities and strengthened CHPA’s finances and organizational structure.”

Downing is currently the CEO of Clarion Brands, an over-the-counter products portfolio company of Swander Pace Capital, and brings more than 30 years of domestic and international consumer product management experience in both large and start-up environments. Prior to Clarion, Downing was CEO of Insight Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Prestige Brands in September 2014. Previously, he was CEO of Lansinoh Laboratories and Medtech Laboratories.

Downing began his career at the Procter & Gamble Company (Richardson-Vicks), and later served in roles at Gillette and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer. For the past 15 years, Downing has served on CHPA’s board of directors, and currently serves on the board of directors for W.F. Young, Inc. and Lansinoh Laboratories.

“I am thrilled to be serving as CHPA chair during such an exciting time in the industry,” Downing said. “Over the next two years, I will continue working closely with the board to maintain a thriving environment for consumer healthcare products, as well as building value for our membership, reinforcing our vision of helping consumers lead happier, healthier lives.”

“Gary Downing’s energy and 30-plus years of consumer healthcare product experience will prove to be invaluable,” Melville said. “His enthusiasm and commitment to this industry is evidenced not only by his long and diverse career, but by the decades he has spent on CHPA’s board of directors.”

Downing has been a staunch advocate of OTC remedies. “The outlook for the OTC business is good – but it’s essential to always look toward the future. Generation Z is here – understanding them, their needs and the way they want to consume information about their health and wellbeing is key,” he shared as part of a recent virtual roundtable published in the March issue of Drug Store News. “But you cannot ignore the millennials, gen Xers or boomers. They are all still important. You need to know your audience, where they are in in their journey, what they care about and how to reach each one of them in the appropriate way.”

One-third of the CHPA Board of Directors is elected annually, with manufacturer members elected for three-year terms, and associate members elected for two-year terms. The new board members elected at this year’s conference include:

David Campbell, vice president, regulatory and government affairs, North America, RB;Ranjan Chaudhuri, head of Global OTC Commercial, Mylan;Donald Chizek, vice president, operations/customer service, Lil’ Drug Store Products;John Dowers, CEO and president, WellSpring Consumer Healthcare; andJames Medford president and CEO, K.C. Pharmaceuticals.

In addition, current CHPA board member J.P. Borneman, chairman and CEO, Hyland’s, was elected to the CHPA board of director’s executive committee.

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