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Lansinoh gets new CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Lansinoh Labs on Monday announced that Kevin Vyse-Peacock, general manager of Lansinoh’s European operations, will be promoted to CEO, effective Feb. 15.

Vyse-Peacock replaces Gary Downing as CEO of Lansinoh’s global operations.  Downing will remain on the company’s board of directors.

“The time has come for me to clear the way for the company’s next generation of leaders,” Downing stated.

Downing joined the Lansinoh board in 2001 and became CEO in 2002. During his term, Lansinoh’s sales have increased more than fivefold, and profitability has grown more than sevenfold. Several new Lansinoh products were successfully developed and launched under Downing’s tenure, along with a new branding and advertising campaign, new Web and e-commerce sites, and a “mommy blog.”

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FDA commissioner Hamburg to be keynote speaker at CHPA conference

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration’s chief executive, commissioner Margaret Hamburg, will provide the keynote address at the Consumer Healthcare Product Association’s 2010 Annual Executive Conference in March, the association announced through its newsletter Friday.

Since being sworn in as commissioner in May 2009, Hamburg has focused on restoring trust in FDA. Under her direction, the agency launched its Safe Use Initiative, has been working to improve accountability and transparency of the agency’s activities and decisionmaking processes and has stepped-up the agency’s enforcement activity.

In addition to hearing from FDA’s top official, attendees at the March 12 IRI session will be given an update on the association’s direction from CHPA chair Chris DeWolf, Lil’ Drug Store Products and CHPA president Linda Suydam.

A presentation on the intersection of healthcare reform and the retail environment also is planned.

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HealthRight Products rolls out new nasal strips

BY Michael Johnsen

PORTLAND, Ore. HealthRight Products earlier this month introduced its patented Breathe Clear nasal strips as an improvement to the existing forms of nasal strips currently on the market. The new strips employ a patented Dual Lift Dual Flex technology that allows users to place each side of the strip independently, accommodating a variety of nose shapes including wider, broader nose bridges.

According to the company’s consumer research, many people have either not yet tried nasal strips of any kind, or have found the existing choices uncomfortable to wear.

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