McNeil’s recall widens as ‘precautionary measure’
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Thursday issued yet another recall of 21 lots of over-the-counter medicines. This action is a follow-up to a product recall that McNeil originally announced on Jan. 15, which was initiated following consumer complaints of a musty or moldy odor, which has been linked to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole.
Between Jan. 15 and July 8, McNeil has made seven recall announcements, not all because of the TBA chemical, however. The latest lots are being added to the list of recalled products as a precautionary measure after a continuing internal review determined that some packaging materials used in the lots had been shipped and stored on the same type of wooden pallet that was tied to the presence of TBA in earlier recalled lots. All lots involved in the recall were produced before the Jan. 15 recall, after which McNeil stopped accepting shipments of materials from its suppliers on that type of pallet.
McNeil has created a website, McNeilProductRecall.com/index.jhtml, that outlines all products affected from each of the recalls.
Aisle7 launches Wellness AppStream
PORTLAND, Ore. Aisle7 on Wednesday announced the availability of Aisle7 Wellness AppStream, a set of standards-based Web services enabling digital marketers to create wellness applications for any retail channel environment or any technology platform.
“With the release of Aisle7 Online, we’ve seen how easy it is for customers to leverage our Web services application programming interface to build custom implementations for their website,” stated Jeffrey Beyer, CEO of Aisle7. “Aisle7 Wellness AppStream extends that ability to mobile and in-store delivery formats, as well as social media platforms, so marketers can build new cutting-edge wellness applications for emerging retail platforms such as the iPhone, iPad, Android and many others.”
Aisle7 Wellness AppStream features REST-based Web services that allow retailers to make on-demand requests to any of the Aisle7 databases. Marketers can choose from existing or custom content resources to create applications that highlight wellness recommendations for such high-margin categories as supplements, OTCs, prescriptions, meat and seafood, and produce.
“With its latest set of Web services, Aisle7 has made it really easy for us to deliver a consistent, retail-appropriate wellness message throughout our website,” stated Dan MacKay, director of Web technologies at Albertsons. “The Web services are easy to use and very powerful, allowing us to create a unique wellness experience for our shoppers.”
SoloHealth promotes eye health awareness with Discount Drug Mart, Cleveland Eye Clinic
CLEVELAND SoloHealth, maker of EyeSite self-service vision testing and self-directed healthcare kiosks, on Thursday teamed with Discount Drug Mart stores and the Cleveland Eye Clinic to promote eye health awareness and to encourage regular eye exams.
The company announced that its EyeSite kiosks initially are going to three Discount Drug Mart locations in the Northern Ohio area — Norwalk, Medina and Independence.
The interactive kiosks provide consumers with a quick assessment of near and distance vision. The units also assess risk, provide relevant eye health information and encourage consumers to schedule comprehensive exams with an eye care professional from a list of local providers.
"Eyes deteriorate so slowly that people often don’t realize their vision is changing," stated Bart Foster, CEO of SoloHealth. "The EyeSite kiosks are a great way for people to check their vision and get related eye health information. Our goal is to get people to think about their eyes as part of their overall health, and to take the appropriate steps to minimize eye health risks."
Of the 210,000 people tested using the EyeSite kiosks during trials in the past year, nearly 25% had never had an eye exam, the company reported.