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Carex Health acquires the ThermiPaq Hot & Cold Therapy brand

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands announced the acquisition of the ThermiPaq Hot & Cold Therapy brand along with other associated assets from Thermionics Corp.

“We have always admired the ThermiPaq brand and its leadership in the clay hot/cold segment,” stated Matt McElduff, president of Carex Health Brands." The ThermiPaq products are a perfect fit for the Carex portfolio of hot/cold brands including the market-leading Bed Buddy moist heat ThermaTherapy brand and our TheraMed brand. This acquisition further solidifies our leadership in the market and allows Carex to improve service to our existing customers through an expanded hot/cold portfolio.”

“Carex Health Brands has long been respected for many of the same values as ThermiPaq, including quality, value and integrity,” noted Gregg Harwood, founder of Thermionics. “I am pleased to hand over the reins to a company which shares my passion for improving the well-being of others.”

 

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P&G taps celebrity Chef LaLa and medical expert Jorge Rodriguez to offer education on frequent heartburn

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Monday announced that celebrity chef and nutritionist Chef LaLa, and medical expert Jorge Rodriguez, will share health and nutrition tips to help families reduce the chances of heartburn as part of a brand initiative supporting Prilosec OTC. The bilingual education about how to help minimize frequent heartburn addresses a common health issue in U.S. Hispanic households, the company noted. 

“The Latino culture is filled with colorful, flavorful traditions and we want families to continue celebrating their heritage without worrying about the discomfort of frequent heartburn,” stated Chris Vuturo, spokesperson for Prilosec OTC.

Consumers can request free samples and get information at PrilosecOTCes.com.

“With so many fiestas throughout the holiday season, it is easy to enchilarte [over do the chile] which can exacerbate the symptoms of frequent heartburn,” Chef LaLa said. “Taking simple steps like reducing acidity and spices in foods and taking Prilosec OTC as directed can help stop the acid that causes heartburn before it starts.”

 

 

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Perrigo recalls APAP infant suspension liquid due to the possibility of missing dose markings on the dosing syringe

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. —  Perrigo on Friday initiated a voluntary, nationwide product recall to the retail level of 18 batches of its acetaminophen infant suspension liquid, 160 mg/5 mL, sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles with syringes in a box because of the remote potential that a small number of packages might contain an oral dosing syringe without dose markings. 

“There are no issues or concerns with respect to the safety or efficacy of the product, only the potential that the oral dosing device in a relatively small number of packages could be unmarked," stated Joseph Papa, Perrigo president and CEO. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking this measure to maintain the highest possible product quality standards for our retail customers and consumers. While we cannot be certain that any of these unmarked dosing devices were released into our customers’ supply chains, taking this action is the right thing to do.”

The correct syringe should have a white or yellow plunger with specific dose markings for 1.25 mL, 2.5 mL, 3.75 mL, and 5 mL. If the product’s syringe has these dose markings, consumers can continue to use the product while following labeled use instructions, the private label manufacturer stated.

Using an oral syringe without dose markings can result in inaccurate dosing, especially in infants, Perrigo noted. 

 

 

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