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J&J CEO announces organizational changes

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO William Weldon outlined a number of organizational changes taking place across the company in light of the recent spate of recalled products at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a J&J company.

First, there is the creation of a corporate oversight group, headed by Ajit Shetty, who will be in charge of operations for the company’s pharmaceuticals, medical device and consumer segments. Shetty will report directly to Weldon.

Each of J&J’s business units will field its own chief quality officer, all of whom will report to Shetty. Managers of J&J’s 120 manufacturing facilities worldwide likewise will report to Shetty.

“The people who use our products are our first priority, and we’ve let them down,” Weldon told the Wall Street Journal, adding that the company has “a lot to do to earn [trust in the company] back.”

Weldon also vowed to regain the confidence of retailers impacted by the McNeil recalls over the course of 2011, once production of those recalled medicines resumes. J&J currently is refitting its Fort Washington, Pa., plant and is planning to invest in the upgrade of other McNeil facilities as well. Production at the Fort Washington plant isn’t expected to resume until the second half of 2011. However, McNeil has parlayed production of the recalled products across other sites, and expected to have supply for those products by first quarter 2011, according to previous reports.

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Church & Dwight promotes Trojan packages in Las Vegas

BY Michael Johnsen

PRINCETON, N.J. Church & Dwight and the Palms Casino Resort on Tuesday announced a partnership featuring a variety of components ranging from the offering of custom vacation packages, invites to C&D’s Trojan Fire & Ice pool parties and night club events, and the introduction of the “Trojan Fire & Ice Get It On At The Palms” sweepstakes.

As part of the deal, Trojan condoms will be the exclusive condoms sold at the Palms during the term of the sweepstakes, and “Intimacy Kits” featuring a variety of Trojan products from its condoms and vibrator lines will be available in every room.

“Our guests are constantly looking for new ways to enhance their Las Vegas experience, and we feel this partnership with Trojan gives them the opportunity to do so,” stated Jon Gray, VP brand and revenue development for the Palms Casino Resort.

The travel packages will be bookable on the Palms Casino Resort website and will provide travelers with special access to various Palms amenities, including its four nightlife spots:  Playboy Club, Moon, Rain and Ghostbar.

In addition to the travel packages, The Palms Casino Resort and Trojan Condoms have created the “Trojan Fire & Ice Get It On at the Palms” sweepstakes, which will send one couple on a Las Vegas getaway for two nights.

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NBTY recalls private-label immune system supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. NBTY on Tuesday announced the recall of its Air Shield, Air Protector, Immune System Support and AirHealth Effervescent 10-tablet containers, and its Stick Packs 8-stick containers — all private-label versions of Airborne — because they may contain undeclared soy, according to a posting of the release on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The recall impacts a host of pharmacy retailers, including CVS, Safeway, Supervalu, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. The products all fall under NBTY’s Leiner Health Solutions umbrella.

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