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Perrigo appoints Johnson head of OTC product development

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday named Bruce Johnson to VP consumer healthcare research and development. Johnson will lead new product development for the supplier in the U.S. market. 

Johnson joined Perrigo in 2005 and has since played a critical role in the company’s analytical research and development activities for both the U.S. and abroad.

Johnson holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He is a resident of Byron Center, Mich., and a native of Sioux City, Iowa, Perrigo reported.


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California Senate committee tables PSE Rx-only bill

BY Michael Johnsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Senate Health Committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would require a prescription for the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product, exempting children’s liquid formulations.

The bill initially failed to pass the committee by a vote of 2-2 with five no-votes. Subsequently, the committee placed the bill up for reconsideration by a vote of 7-0 with two no-votes. No subsequent hearing date has been posted the Senate’s website.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reaffirmed its opposition to this piece of legislation in a statement released Friday. “Requiring a prescription for over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine would be a cure worse than the disease,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.  “A prescription requirement would disempower patients in their own health care and would only increase healthcare costs.”

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Fembody signs Abdul as celebrity spokeswoman

BY Michael Johnsen

TAMPA, Fla. — Fembody Nutrition on Monday named Paula Abdul their national celebrity spokeswoman for its line of nutritional supplements formulated for women and sold exclusively through GNC. 

"I am thrilled to start this journey as Fembody Nutrition’s spokeswoman," Abdul stated. "The truth is that with my grueling schedule, it is so hard to maintain a healthy diet and a strict wellness regimen," she said. "You can rely on Fembody Nutrition to supplement your everyday routine." 



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