Idelle Labs reintroduces Sea Breeze astringents
NEW YORK Idelle Labs is bringing back to the facial care market the Sea Breeze original and sensitive astringents exclusively at Walmart on March 1.
Idelle Labs acquired the Sea Breeze brand in 2003 and in 2005 updated the original formula and sensitive skin astringent. However, ongoing demand for the astringents’ return has prompted Idelle Labs to reintroduce the original formulas.
Originally launched in 1906 as an antiseptic for use on minor cuts and scratches, Sea Breeze was purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1979 and re-launched as a facial cleansing product.
Sea Breeze original formula astringent and sensitive skin astringent will be available beginning March 1 for $3.97 exclusively at Walmart.
Physicians Formula names Berry CFO
AZUSA, Calif. Beauty company Physicians Formula has appointed Jeff Berry as its permanent CFO.
Berry has served as the company’s interim CFO since May 29, 2009. He succeeded Joseph Jaeger, the company’s prior CFO.
“We are delighted that Jeff has agreed to assume the role of CFO. We believe Jeff’s strategic and financial skills, as well as his leadership capabilities, will play a critical role in helping the company achieve its long-term growth and profitability objectives,” stated Ingrid Jackel, chairwoman and CEO. “His contribution as interim CFO, and most notably his leadership in our recent successful refinancing which was designed to provide us with more flexibility to invest in our brand, has been invaluable, and I look forward to working with Jeff as we now focus on seeking to capture the large growth potential of our brand.”
Before serving as interim CFO of Physicians Formula, Berry had been on the company’s board of directors since October 2007 and had served as the chairman of the company’s nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees and as a member of the audit committee. He agreed to resign from the board upon accepting the interim CFO position in order to comply with NASDAQ listing requirements.
GSK ceases making, distributing zinc-containing denture adhesives
NEW YORK GlaxoSmithKline has issued a consumer advisory warning consumers about a potential health risk associated with long-term, excessive use of its zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care. As a precaution, the manufacturer has voluntarily stopped making, distributing and advertising these products.
According to GSK, it has discussed the situation with the Food and Drug Administration and no further action is required.
Polident denture cleanser tablets contain no zinc and are not affected by the announcement.
Recent reports suggest that excessive intake of zinc-containing denture adhesives over several years may result in neurological symptoms, including numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, difficulty with walking and balance, and blood problems like anemia. These reports are very rare, given that several million people use the products, GSK stated.
Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care are safe to use as directed in the product label, according to GSK. Most consumers follow the directions but some apply more adhesive than directed and use it more than once a day. As a precaution, GSK has decided to stop making, distributing and advertising the products.
If consumers have been using these products for several years in greater amounts than directed on the package or more than once a day, or have concerns about their health, GSK suggests that they stop using the product, talk with their doctor and use a zinc-free alternative such as Super Poligrip Free, Super Poligrip Comfort Seal Strips or Super Poligrip Powder.