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House committee delays second hearing of McNeil recall probe

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON One day following the announcement of a second hearing regarding McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalls, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday announced the postponement of that second hearing in order “to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.”

Anew date has not been set.

Last week, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced that four lots of Benadryl allergy ultratab tablets (100 count) and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol rapid-release gels (50 count) would be added to its initial Jan. 15 product recall. This recall, McNeil said, is a follow-up to the product recall because the products were inadvertently omitted from the initial recall action.

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CHPA gears up for annual event

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is gearing up for its 2010 Market Exchange, scheduled Sept. 15 to 16 in New Brunswick, N.J. The CHPA 2010 Market Exchange is a comprehensive networking event between CHPA member manufacturers and other CHPA member vendors or suppliers of goods and services.

Dan O’Connor, president and CEO for RetailNet Group, again will address Market Exchange attendees around the future of retailing on the Thursday morning of the event. Last year, O’Connor addressed the potential impact of a multitude of factors manipulating modern retail — a down economy, an unstable pricing environment, the major shift in demographic focus as baby boomers continue to grey as well as how the recession of 2007 will mold future shopping behaviors.

The second day of the meeting will be shortened, per attendee requests, CHPA stated in its weekly executive newsletter blast. An afternoon session has been exchanged for a longer lunch that should allow additional time for networking before and after the business presentation. The meeting now begins the afternoon of Sept. 15 and ends on the afternoon of Sept. 16.

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McNeil unviels commemorative keepsake case for e.p.t.

BY Michael Johnsen

SKILLMAN, N.J. According to a recent survey commissioned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, finding out they were pregnant was a moment so special that 67% of expectant mothers saved their at-home pregnancy test, and more than 3-in-4 moms and expectant mothers would likely save it if they had a keepsake case to put it in.

McNeil on Tuesday announced the introduction of a commemorative keepsake case and scrapbook card from e.p.t., the company’s home pregnancy testing brand, that will be available with a mail-in proof of purchase.

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