P&G recalls nasal decongestant spray
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble voluntarily recalled its 4-hour decongestant nasal spray, a product distributed nationwide in the United States.
P&G said it is taking this voluntary precautionary step after finding that the product formulation for VapoSpray 4-hour nasal spray by Sinex may not meet the expiration dates on the package. This recall is not a result of consumer complaints, the company noted.
Consumers who have product with the UPC codes listed below and marked with an expiration date prior to June 2013 should simply discard the affected product:
- VapoSpray 4-hour nasal spray by Sinex with a UPC code of 3 23900 00082 7. Prior to June 2009, this product was also sold as Sinex Nasal Spray in both a spray (UPC Code 3 23900 00082 7) and Ultra Fine Mist package (UPC Code 3 23900 00085 8).
CHPA commends Calif. Senate’s PSE e-tracking legislation
WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended the California Senate Public Safety Committee for passing AB 1455. The legislation calls for the implementation of a statewide, industry-funded electronic tracking system to monitor and block illegal purchases of over-the-counter cold-and-allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient that can be diverted to “cook” methamphetamine.
“We applaud the Public Safety Committee for supporting a solution that will fight domestic methamphetamine production while maintaining consumer access to important cold-and-allergy medications,” stated Linda Suydam, CHPA president. “E-tracking is the only solution that will stop illegal sales of pseudoephedrine by providing a real-time, stop-sale function across all stores statewide.”
In California, there currently is no mechanism in place to curb the practice of “smurfing,” which is where criminals move from store to store to purchase illegal amounts of PSE to be used for the production of meth. AB 1455 would provide the state’s retailers and pharmacists with a consolidated, real-time electronic logbook — accessible only by law enforcement — that is more secure than current paper logs.
E-tracking, which has been adopted by 12 states nationwide, also will give local law enforcement officials a powerful investigative tool to track meth production across state lines. E-tracking allows law enforcement to find previously undiscovered meth labs and helps them identify meth cooks. Most importantly, AB 1455 preserves Californians’ over-the-counter access to the PSE medications they use and trust for cold-and-allergy relief while stopping illegal sales.
Kimberly-Clark realigns agency support for consumer brands
DALLAS Kimberly-Clark Corp. on Wednesday announced it is realigning creative agency assignments within WPP Group agency roster shops in order to receive single agency support globally by sector.
Effective immediately, Ogilvy & Mather will be responsible for K-C’s baby and child care and adult and feminine care brands globally, and JWT will be responsible for the company’s family care brands globally.
According to K-C’s chief marketing officer, Tony Palmer, the decision to align its consumer brands globally with existing WPP roster shops better positions the company to more fluidly transfer ideas and best practice while ensuring greater efficiency and speed to market.
“This move is made to better position Kimberly-Clark to capture global growth and efficiency opportunities while eliminating potential conflict barriers,” Palmer said.