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FDA approves new packaging of Children’s Zyrtec Allergy

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved new packaging for McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s Children’s Zyrtec Allergy syrup, grape sugar-free, dye-free flavor, in a letter addressed to the supplier.

The new packaging will include a prefilled dosing spoon that will deliver a single dose, or 5 mg, of Zyrtec (cetirizine).

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Emerson Group EVP promoted to president

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group on Tuesday promoted Rick Wellinger to president, where he will oversee the activities of the sales division of the company, reporting to Scott Emerson, who remains the president of the corporation.

“Our goal is to be able to continue to provide innovation and executional excellence to both our client manufacturers and our trade partners,” Emerson said. “The promotion of these key individuals in our company will help us to continually work toward that goal and to anticipate the many challenges facing the industry and to respond quickly and decisively.”

Wellinger, formerly Emerson EVP, will also continue with his sales responsibilities managing the Walgreens business.

Ed Morgan, who was recently made a Partner, has been promoted to VP customer relations. Morgan will lead Emerson Group activities in relationship building with clients and trade partners. Additionally he will continue to co-manage the company’s Walmart business.

Patrick Gibbons, a founding partner of the Emerson Group, has been promoted to VP operations for both the Emerson Group and Emerson Healthcare, the company’s logistics and fulfillment division.

Marilynn Martin has been promoted to senior partner, where she will continue to manage the company’s Target business.

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Study suggests women begin healthy lifestyle early in life, maintain it

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Women who maintain a healthy weight, and who have lower perceived stress, may be less likely to have chromosome changes associated with aging than obese and stressed women, the National Institutes of Health announced Monday, citing a pilot study that was part of the Sister Study.

The long-term Sister Study is looking at the environmental and genetic characteristics of women whose sister had breast cancer to identify factors associated with developing breast cancer. This early pilot used baseline questionnaires and samples provided by participants when they joined the Sister Study.

“Together, these two studies reinforce the need to start a healthy lifestyle early and maintain it,” stated Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of NIH.

The researchers who published these papers are from the NIEHS, which sponsors the Sister Study.

The papers are the first findings coming out of the Sister Study. The Sister Study is just completing its enrollment of 50,000 women aged 35-74 to prospectively study risk factors for breast cancer.

“We anticipate a wealth of information to come out of the Sister Study,” stated Dale Sandler, chief of the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS and principal investigator of the Sister Study. “Not only do we hope to find out more about the environmental and genetic factors that might lead to breast cancer, we also want to learn more about how factors such as stress, diet and exercise might impact cancer and other disease risks.”

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