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Gillette focuses on precision with top NFL players, Sport Science’s John Brenkus

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — Procter & Gamble’s Gillette is partnering with four NFL players — Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin — to talk about the importance of precision both on the gridiron and in the equipment needed to tackle shaving, even on sensitive skin.

 “In shaving and in sport, precision makes the difference,” stated Greg Via, Gillette’s director of global sports marketing. “On the field, these players embody precision at its highest level, and we are excited to work with such a talented group. At Gillette, we have spent the last 110 years refining and carefully engineering our razors to give every man the advantage of Gillette’s precision.”

To give fans the chance to test their own precision when it comes to football, Gillette is launching a “Precision Play of the Week” trivia game on Facebook, featuring John Brenkus, creator/ host of Sport Science. Each week, Brenkus will provide a scientific breakdown of one of the prior week’s best plays. Fans will be invited to answer a question related to the play for the chance to win various prizes, with the grand prize being a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.

 

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Upsher-Smith launches morphine sulfate capsules

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — A new opioid painkiller drug made by Upsher-Smith Labs will become available on Wednesday, the drug maker said.

Upsher-Smith said it would launch its morphine sulfate extended-release capsules in the 10-mg, 20-mg, 30-mg, 50-mg, 60-mg, 80-mg and 100-mg strengths.

The company said its product would be the first generic entrant for the 10-mg extended-release capsule dosage strength, adding that there have historically been a limited number of morphine sulfate generics available.

 

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Rite Aid appoints pharmacy division executive as group VP managed care

BY Alaric DeArment

Rite Aid has promoted Tammy Royer to group VP managed care, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Royer, who has nearly 20 years of experience and has lately worked in the company’s pharmacy division, will oversee all aspects of managed care, including contracting, maintaining relationships with managed-care organizations, pharmacy benefit managers and third-party payers and developing new strategic partnerships, reporting to SVP pharmacy services Chris Hall. Royer began working for Rite Aid as a pharmacist in 1996.

"Tammy is a valued member of Rite Aid’s pharmacy team who has made significant contributions across several functional areas of our pharmacy division, helping us grow our business and enhance our customer experience," Hall said. "We look forward to further benefitting from her knowledge and expertise and are confident she’ll continue to deliver strong results in her new position as she and her team effectively execute our managed care strategy."

 

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