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GE vet joins NBTY

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — NBTY on Monday named Jeffrey Nagel to the CEO post, succeeding Scott Rudolph, who will maintain his position as chairman.

Nagel comes to NBTY from General Electric, where he held senior leadership positions in several GE businesses addressing a variety of end markets, including oil and gas, consumer electronics, technology and aviation. He most recently served as head of GE Oil and Gas Global Services and was based in Florence, Italy.

In 2006, Nagel was made a GE corporate officer and appointed as the VP and general manager of GE Oil and Gas Global Services. Previously, he served as president and CEO of GE Inspection Technologies, general manager of business development in GE Aircraft Engines and president of GE Home Electric Products.

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DSE debuts new Anti Monkey Butt brand on Facebook

BY Michael Johnsen

EDISON, N.J. — DSE Healthcare Solutions on Sunday evening announced the launch of Safari Towels, a new product extending from its Anti Monkey Butt Powder brand, to its Facebook fan base of almost 39,000.

“Our new Safari Towels … so hot off the presses they aren’t even in stores yet!” the Anti Monkey Butt Powder status read. “Make a cool gift … from cyclists to soldiers, [they’re] great to have on hand for a ‘shower on the go.’ See them in our online store.”

The Safari Towels are premoistened, heavy-duty disposable towels that are large enough to clean an entire body surface without tearing. A Safari 6-pack (18 towels) are selling for $14.95 on the company’s website.

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CDC raises awareness around flu shots

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — In preparation for the National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a press conference Friday afternoon to raise awareness around the universal need for people to be protected against influenza. “It’s a week that we typically highlight the importance of the flu vaccine,” Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters. During a typical season, he said, most influenza incidents begin picking up in December. “Flu activity is now increasing across the country, and the flu season is well underway,” Koh said. “If you’ve been thinking about getting vaccinated for influenza, now is a very good time to do so.”

At this time last year, added Anne Schuchat, director of the  National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the H1N1 flu was in full circulation, and the CDC was conducting weekly press conferences. “This fall has begun like so many influenza seasons, with relatively few flu viruses circulating through the end of November,” she said. “[But] we don’t want people to be complacent because disease activity has been low so far this year. Flu is coming.”

Right now there is a sharp increase across Georgia, Schuchat said, primarily in school age children. The prominent virus is an influenza B strain that matches up well to the B strain included in this year’s vaccine, Schuchat added. “Everything we know so far suggests to us that vaccine should be a good match for the circulating strain.”

According to a telephone survey of 38,000 adults recently conducted by the CDC, 33% of the population has already been vaccinated. Of those who haven’t been vaccinated, 15% plan on getting their flu shots, and 25% suggested they would “probably” get vaccinated.

That vaccine is being administered most commonly in the doctor’s office — 63% of patients reported that they received their shot there or in a hospital or clinic. Approximately 18% received their shots at their workplace or school, and 16% from a supermarket pharmacy or other retail setting.

To date, 64% of those over the age of 65 years have been vaccinated, Schuchat added.

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