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GSK Consumer names new director of corporate development

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline has promoted Pam Prisk to director of corporate development for GSK Consumer Healthcare North America, effective immediately.  

"During Pam’s 17 years with GSK, she has gained outstanding experience through a variety of customer-focused roles with increased responsibilities in category management, sales strategy and shopper marketing," the company stated. "Pam’s experience and customer knowledge will enable her to get up to speed quickly to ensure we don’t lose any momentum in this critical function." 

In her new role, Prisk will focus on championing strategic industry and customer initiatives within GSK. She will report to the director of commercial excellence Mike McClaine. "Commercial excellence is a new area for our business, which focuses on developing and implementing strategies to help us achieve our vision to become the ‘First and Best, Fastest Moving Consumer Healthcare Company’ driven by science and values," GSK added. 


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Flu still ‘Texas big’ in the Lone Star and neighboring states

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — For the week ended Feb. 2, influenza activity remained elevated in the United States but decreased in most areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. According to CDC’s activity level map, it appears most incidence is concentrated across the central United States, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. 

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness nationwide was 3.6%, still above the national baseline of 2.2%. 

A total of 19 states New York City were still reporting high ILI activity. Twelve states reported moderate ILI activity, and 13 states experienced low ILI activity.

Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire and South Carolina all reported minimal activity. 

 

 

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Kimberly-Clark increasing face mask production due to higher demand because of the flu

BY Michael Johnsen

ROSWELL, Ga. — Kimberly-Clark on Friday announced its continued increase in production of face masks and other personal protective equipment products in response to increased customer demand from acute care facilities across the country.

"The health and safety of our valued customers and their patients is our most important priority," stated John Amat, VP sales and marketing, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. "Kimberly-Clark representatives are proactively reaching out to all of our current customers to assure them that with our North America-based product supply, we can continue to provide the highest quality facial protection products throughout the flu season."  

In support of clinicians, Kimberly-Clark also offers complimentary, accredited clinical education webinars on the topic of flu via The Kimberly-Clark Knowledge Network.    


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