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Kimberly-Clark Professional launches flu-fighting desk caddy

BY Michael Johnsen

ROSWELL, Ga. — Kimberly-Clark Professional on Thursday announced the introduction of The Healthy Workplace Project desk caddy.

The desk caddy is a key new component of The Healthy Workplace Project, the Kimberly-Clark Professional program that addresses germs not just in the restrooms, but throughout the office. By positioning the most important hygiene and germ-reducing supplies at an accessible desktop location, The Healthy Workplace Project desk caddy makes it easier for employees to "wash, wipe and sanitize" to help reduce the spread of illness-causing germs.

The Healthy Workplace Project desk caddy has compartments for a Kleenex hand sanitizer, Kleenex facial tissue and Scott disinfectant wipes.

"We are excited to introduce The Healthy Workplace Project desk caddy as an important new tool in our ongoing effort to enhance employee health and help reduce the spread of germs in the office," said Daniel DeCriscio, office buildings go-to-market leader. "The caddy allows each and every employee to easily ‘wash, wipe and sanitize’ — the best way to fight workplace germs and ultimately illness."

The Healthy Workplace Project targets building an office managers with a line of sanitizing products designed for the office environment, such as a touchless counter-mount sanitizer dispenser, for example.


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Perrigo receives tentative FDA approval for generic scalp dermatosis drug

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Food and Drug Administration has granted tentative approval to a drug made by Perrigo for dermatosis of the scalp.

Perrigo’s clobetasol propionate emulsion foam in the 0.05% strength is a generic version of Stiefel Labs’ Olux-E Foam. Sales for the branded version of the drug were $40 million during the 12-month period ended in September, according to Wolters Kluwer.

Last July, an Australian subsidiary of Stiefel sued Perrigo for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to prevent the latter from launching the drug. The FDA’s tentative approval means that the drug meets the agency’s safety and effectiveness requirements, but can’t receive final approval until Olux-E’s patent protection no longer is in effect.


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NRF: Expect modest increase in holiday retail sales

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation described the 2011 holiday season as "average," projecting that holiday sales will rise 2.8% to $465.6 billion.

While that growth is far lower than the 5.2% increase retailers experienced last year, it is slightly higher than the 10-year average holiday sales increase, according to Department of Commerce statistics.

“Retailers are optimistic that a combination of strong promotions and lean inventory levels will help them address consumer caution this holiday season,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “While businesses remain concerned over the viability of the economic recovery, there is no doubt that the retail industry is in a better position this year to handle consumer uncertainty than it was in 2008 and 2009.”

Additionally, NRF used its holiday forecasting model to create a projection for seasonal hiring in retail, forecasting that retailers are expected to hire between 480,000 and 500,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, up from about 495,000 seasonal employees hired last year.

NRF noted that it defines “holiday sales” as retail industry sales in the months of November and December.

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