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The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new regulation for sunscreen products, including a new UVA rating system and sun warning information.

The FDA is proposing a ratings system for UVA sunscreen products on a scale of one to four stars. If a product does not provide at least a low level (one star) of protection, the FDA would require that the product bear “no UVA protection” marketing on the front label.

In addition, a warning statement in the drug facts box of products would be required of all sunscreen product manufacturers, warning of the risk of skin cancer, premature skin aging and other skin damage.

The proposed rule also revises the existing SPF (UVB) testing procedures, allows new combinations of active ingredients and asks for comments on the issue of nanoparticles.

FDA is accepting comments on the new rule until Nov. 26, 2007.

CoverGirl will introduce in November its LashBlast Mascara, which uses an advanced volumizing brush and volumizing formula to lengthen and thicken lashes.

The moldtrusion brush, seen on CoverGirl LashExact Mascara and VolumeExact Mascara, gets a 25 percent bigger core with LashBlast Mascara to hold more mascara. It also features 67 percent more bristles than VolumeExact to help create even coverage.

Unilever, has appointed Laura Klauberg vice president of global media. Klauberg, who currently serves as vice president of media for the Americas, will assume her new role on Sept. 30. She will report to Simon Rothon, senior vice president of marketing services.

Klauberg’s career in brand marketing within the Chesebrough Ponds and Unilever organization spans the last 26 years. She has previously been senior vice president of marketing for Unilever’s prestige personal care business.

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Kroger appoints Going as Michigan division president

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Wednesday that it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Michigan division.

Kroger currently operates 138 stores in the state; Going will oversee operations in them, effective immediately.

During his 26-year tenure with Kroger, Going has held a number of district- and division-level leadership positions at the store and has served as vice president of Retail Operations and vice president of Merchandising for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Rick brings extensive experience in operations and merchandising to this new role,” said Don McGeorge, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to his leadership as he works with our associates to build on Kroger’s growth in Michigan by focusing on our customers to create even better shopping experiences for them.”

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NACDS responds to “misleading” New York Times article

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has fired back at The New York Times after the publication ran an article in its Sept. 18 issue titled, “The ‘Poisonous Cocktail’ of Multiple Drugs.”

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

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