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Cara Inc. founder Ken O’Leary passes away

BY Michael Johnsen

WARWICK, R.I. — Kenneth O’Leary, president and founder of Cara Inc., passed away Oct. 12 at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A 50-year industry veteran, O’Leary, 83, started his career as a detail rep for Schieffelin & Co. in New York. He also spent time with Schering (White Labs), Miles (Dome Labs), CR Bard (Davol) and in 1983 founded Cara Inc.

During his tenure, O’Leary and the company received many awards, including nine DIANA Awards from the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, as well as one of HDMA’s highest honors, the Tim Barry Award. He also served on many industry committees and boards over the past 28 years.

O’Leary had developed a reputation as a hardworking, high energy individual, who was proud to be a part of the industry and valued the many relationships that were developed over his career.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, six children and his grandson.

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Dream Water expands distribution to CVS/pharmacy

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI — Dream Water once again has expanded its retail distribution through a nationwide retail alliance with CVS/pharmacy.

With this move, Dream Water now is available in more than 20,000 points of sale nationwide. The product also is available in such stores as Duane Reade, Kmart, Harmon, Walmart and Walgreens.

“This is an exciting time for the Dream Water brand. Less than two years ago a liquid sleep enhancer didn’t exist. Today you can walk into your local Walgreens, CVS or Walmart store, among many others and find Dream Water there. You can walk into nearly 1,000 stores in over 100 airports throughout the country and can find Dream Water in a Hudson News or a Paradies Shop,” Dream Products chief brand officer Adam Platzner said. “This growth speaks to both the quality of our product and the need for Dream Water in the marketplace. Over 70 million Americans can’t sleep and they continue to look for innovative solutions to help them find a better night’s rest or a more restful travel experience.”

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Prilosec OTC, Larry the Cable Guy team up for Facebook tailgate contest

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec OTC and comedian Larry the Cable Guy are teaming up this season on a Facebook-driven contest in search of "parking lot pros who know ‘a better way to tailgate,’" beginning Tuesday.

Football fans can register and upload photos of their "pigskin parties" on TailgateFan.com/contest through Jan. 4, 2012, to win the one-of-three Prilosec OTC prize packs, including two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI, as part of the "A Better Way to Tailgate" promotion.

Larry the Cable Guy will be making appearances at stadiums throughout the season, beginning in New York on Tuesday. At each stop, attendees will be able to take advantage of his “A Better Way to Tailgate” tips and learn how to block the acid that causes frequent heartburn with Prilosec OTC.

“As a frequent heartburn sufferer and a die-hard football fan, Larry the Cable Guy wants Americans to recognize the importance of effectively treating their frequent heartburn,” said Phil McWaters, Prilosec OTC brand manager at Procter & Gamble. “Fans can eat the foods they love and celebrate their love of the game this football season, making him a perfect partner for Prilosec OTC.”

Larry’s search will conclude Jan. 4 when he and Prilosec OTC will pick three “A Better Way to Tailgate” winners.


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