GSK begins shipment of 2014-15 flu vaccines
PHILADELPHIA — GSK has begun shipping Fluarix Quadrivalent (influenza vaccine) doses to U.S. healthcare providers, the company annouced. This marks the first shipment of GSK's U.S. flu vaccine supply for the flu season, which follows licensing and lot-release approval from the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
The company also received 2014-15 license approvals for its other flu vaccine formulation, which oncludes Fluarix, Flulaval and Flulaval Quadrivalent. GSK hopes to supply a combined total of 28 to 33 million doses — across all four vaccines — to the United States for the upcoming flu season.
“Consumers today have more options than ever to help protect themselves against the flu,” said Deborah Waterhouse, SVP and business unit head, U.S. vaccines, GSK. “Since introducing our own four-strain vaccines last year, we’ve seen a strong uptake. It’s important for consumers to discuss these options with their physicians and get early seasonal protection as the nature and severity of flu seasons can be unpredictable.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that most Americans over the age of 6 months old receive a flu vaccination each year to help protect against the disease, the company noted. GSK's flu vaccines are indicated for persons ages 3 years and older. Consumers should consult their physicians about which flu shots may be the most appropriate.
Garnier, TerraCycle announce winner of the 2014 Garnier Green Garden
NEW YORK — After transforming more than 1,500 lbs. of recycled personal care waste into a Garnier Green Garden in Harlem and overhauling a garden at a special needs school in the Bronx, Garnier and TerraCycle took their eco efforts on the road with the "Where Should Our Garden Grow?" campaign to award one recipient with a new community garden. After a public voting period, The ReFresh Project of New Orleans has been named the winner.
The campaign, which kicked off in Earth Month and ran through June 15th, asked fans to vote for which community should win its own Green Garden. The ReFresh Project's ReFresh Community Farm is a new teaching farm located in Treme/Mid-City New Orleans. The new garden will be capable of yielding more than 2,000 pounds of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Not only will it provide New Orleans residents with a space to connect and enjoy nature, but it also will allow community members to grow their own fresh food locally. Ground breaking is expected to take place this fall.
The plastic components of the garden — such as raised beds, picnic tables and trash receptacles — are made from recycled beauty waste collected through Garnier's Personal Care and Beauty Brigade. The Brigade is a free fundraising program that donates money to a charity of the collector's choice for every piece of beauty and personal care waste returned to TerraCycle for recycling. The collected beauty waste, which would otherwise be destined for landfills, consists of non-recyclable hair care, skin care and cosmetic packaging.
Out of the hundreds of nominations received during the campaign entry phase, Garnier and TerraCycle narrowed the candidates down to five organizations. The four runners-up are The Green Scheme in Washington, D.C., The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative in Detroit, Garfield Park in Chicago and the Social Justice Learning Institute in Los Angeles. Each runner up also will receive a prize.
philsophy to support mental health via new ‘hope & grace’ initiative
NEW YORK — Beauty brand philosophy has announced the launch of the hope & grace initiative to support mental health. Through the hope & grace initiative, philosophy will dedicate 1% of all sales across all products to organizations working to empower women through the promotion, prevention and treatment of mental health.
The program launched this month on philosophy.com, and will become integrated into all philosophy retail channels (online, in-store and televised) in January 2015. Within five years, the hope & grace initiative is projected to donate more than $10 million toward the cause.
With the initiative, philosophy becomes the first beauty company to place a concentrated focus on mental health and wellbeing, the company stated. In addition, philosophy becomes the first global skin care and fragrance brand to make a brand-wide commitment to dedicate at least 1% of all sales towards philanthropic efforts — with no product restrictions.
"More than any other issue, mental wellbeing is directly connected to the spirit of the philosophy brand," said Jill Scalamandre, SVP, philosophy brand and Coty Prestige skin care. "Our products have always been 'wrapped' in insight and inspiration, so we can encourage beautiful days, as well as beautiful skin. By dedicating a portion of the sale of every product at all times, we can be confident that the contribution we are making is significant and that we'll be able to further empower her from the inside out."
Changing the landscape of philanthropic efforts in the beauty industry, the hope & grace initiative created the Hope & Grace Fund as a project of the New Venture Fund, a public charity dedicated to supporting innovative and effective public interest projects. With guidance from an advisory board made up of leaders in the mental health arena, philosophy will annually give multiple grants on average of $25,000 through the Hope & Grace Fund to support hundreds of qualified organizations around the world.
In its first year, the fund plans to target organizations that work with women in the United States who are currently underserved by mental health services by providing grants to community-based mental health organizations.
The first grant is designated to Bring Change 2 Mind, a national anti-stigma organization co-founded by actress Glenn Close with the mission to raise awareness and work to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
"It just doesn't make sense that we don't talk openly about mental illness because it affects so many of us," Close said. "When my sister, who lives with bipolar disorder, had the courage to ask for help, it started the conversation in our family. Talking openly is the first step in ending stigma and discrimination, and will lead to treatment and save lives. philosophy's hope & grace initiative is an inspiring, ground-breaking example of ways to improve how society views mental illness."