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GSK donates $250,000 to American National Red Cross, pledges more support to Sandy victims

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA &,dash; GlaxoSmithKline on Friday donated $250,000 to the American National Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. The company also is contributing $80,000 through the British Red Cross for relief efforts in the wider Caribbean region — specifically Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic — where Sandy initially made landfall.

"Our hearts go out to those who have experienced loss due to the storm," stated Deirdre Connelly, president of North America Pharmaceuticals. "We hope our support will help relief workers respond to their most pressing needs."

GSK is working to support directly its U.S. employees who have been seriously affected by the storm. 

GSK is also matching dollar-for-dollar all employee contributions to the Red Cross and other relief organizations in the U.S. 

The company is currently working through the process for an additional donation to support relief efforts in New Jersey.

 

 

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Survey: Allergy sufferers at the workplace seek relief on the go

BY Michael Johnsen

MENTOR, Ohio — A recent WorkPlace Media survey of working consumers found that 3-out-of-4 workers impacted by allergies purchase an allergy-relieving product when symptoms appear, because the normal pattern when allergy symptoms strike is to keep working versus going home sick. 

While most (65%) do not miss any full days of work during the year due to allergies, 35% miss at least 1-3 days. This could be due to a number of reasons: no paid sick leave; preferring to save paid leave for other illnesses, vacation or other personal time; or too much work to do, for example. As a result, marketers promoting allergy-related brands have the opportunity to fill the worker’s need to keep going despite allergies. 

More than half (56%) even maintain a supply of allergy remedies on hand at work. 

Many allergy sufferers rely on a convenience purchase for allergy medication — 83% regularly/occasionally pick up allergy medication on the way to or from work, and 46% regularly/occasionally leave work to make a purchase.

According to the survey, tissues were the most common allergy products kept at work (80%), followed by OTC medications (76%) and analgesics (46%). 

The survey, conducted in August, fielded mostly women workers (89%). Sample size was 545.

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Links Medical launches diabetes meters for pets

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINE, Calif. – Links Medical Products Animal Health Group on Thursday announced the introduction of their new Pet Gluco blood-glucose monitoring system for dogs and cats.

"With diabetes in dogs and cats on the rise, we believe our new, easy to use Pet Gluco system is the cost-effective device veterinarians and those doing glucose monitoring of their pets at home will want to use," stated Patrick Buckley, president Links Medical Products. "Caring for pets with diabetes can become costly. Our new diabetic pet monitoring system will help alleviate some of that cost and provide the fast, sure results needed to effectively render care."

The Pet Gluco system offers veterinarians — plus those with diabetic dogs and cats at home — a fast, easy-to-use, affordable way to monitor their pets.

Pet Gluco is calibrated specifically for dogs and for cats. Other features include a large display where test results are visible within five seconds after insertion of the test strip, and a quick-eject button for easy disposal of strips.

 

 

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