Survey: Many Americans look to be prepared for an emergency
WASHINGTON A new Red Cross survey released Wednesday found that 68% of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations.
Americans plan to be very active this summer, as the survey found that more than 40% will go hiking or camping and almost 75% will go swimming. While people expect to be active, the Red Cross found that many were not confident they knew what to do in an emergency – less than two-thirds felt confident helping a heat stroke victim and fewer than half could help someone with an allergic reaction to an insect or snake bite.
The survey found that nearly 90% of Americans said they want to be prepared for an emergency, but they don’t know where to start or what to do.
“With so many people outdoors camping, hiking and swimming, it’s important that someone in every household get trained in CPR and first aid skills,” stated Connie Harvey, health and safety expert for the American Red Cross “Learning these lifesaving skills is easier and more convenient than you might think, and Red Cross training can help people prevent and respond to life’s emergencies – big or small.”
Axellia acquires OTC maker
COPENHAGEN Axellia Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced its acquisition of the Phoenix Global Supply Group, based in White Plains, N.Y., to supply over-the-counter topical anti-infectives to the U.S. and Canadian markets.
“An important part of our strategy is to expand our offering to include finished products in targeted dosage forms and geographic markets,” said Axellia CEO Carl-Ake Carlsson, “while continuing to develop our core active pharmaceutical ingredients business.”
Phoenix’s initial product launches in North America are expected to include private-label offerings around bacitracin and polymyxin B sulfate, two of the major ingredients found in topical anti-infective first aid products.
“The Phoenix team is delighted to welcome Axellia as its majority owner. While there are many other manufacturers of over-the-counter antibiotic products, we believe that the U.S. and Canadian markets for these products continue to be attractive and provide a significant opportunity for Phoenix,” stated Walter Jenkins, Phoenix CEO.
Barba takes on VP finance and accounting role at Matrixx
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Matrixx Initiatives on Wednesday named William Barba VP finance and accounting and treasurer effective May 6.
Barba served as the company’s treasurer and director of planning since July 2007. He joined the company in February 2004 in a finance and investor relations role.
Prior to joining Matrixx, Barba held a variety of financial management positions with Mesa Air Group, Honeywell Intellectual Properties, Avnet and MicroAge.