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Menasha Packaging receives award for Purell packaging

BY Michael Johnsen

NEENAH, Wis. — Menasha Packaging on Wednesday announced receipt of two awards as part of the 69th annual National Paperboard Packaging Competition.

“Innovation and efficiency are cornerstones of the work we do every day at Menasha Packaging, so it is an honor to win these awards and be recognized by a panel of industry leaders,” stated James Snyder, general manager of Menasha Packaging’s Folding Carton facility, who accepted the award on behalf of Menasha Packaging.

Menasha Packaging received a Gold Award for the development of a 3-pack specialty carton used to visually showcase Purell’s hand sanitizer with Jelly Wrap carriers. The design showcased the product’s features while keeping efficiency in mind for the assembly and fulfillment process. The carton’s die-cut holes ensure the product is securely held in place while also allowing for maximum visibility for today’s hands-on shopper.

The company also received an Innovation Excellence award for its work with Group II Communications in the development of a paperboard novelty cap for McDonald’s. The Innovation Excellence category recognizes new and exciting package designs, designs that solve a problem in a unique way, meet or exceed market demands or take advantage of the benefits of paperboard packaging. Designed to mimic a ball cap, the novelty item is another option for McDonald’s franchisees to help encourage customers to get connected with the Team McDonald’s brand.

Judged by a panel of leading industry professionals, entries must be designed to distribute, market and protect a product, and must consist of 50% paperboard that is visible to the end user.

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Absorption Pharmaceuticals launches men’s intimacy health solution

BY Michael Johnsen

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Absorption Pharmaceuticals recently launched Promescent, an over-the-counter lidocaine-based spray indicated for premature ejaculation. The product is presently available at www.Promescent.com, through doctors’ offices and independent pharmacies. 

 Created by a urologist, the spray is designed to absorb below the surface of the skin where nerve endings that control ejaculation are located.

Promescent is a fast-acting, on-demand solution that empowers men to take control and last longer for greater intimacy health satisfaction.

The standard size containing 60 applications retails for a suggested $79.95. Trial size retails for $19.95. 

 

 

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Study: OTC abuse higher among adolescent males

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — A recent University of Cincinnati study suggested adolescent males are at a higher risk of reporting longtime abuse of over-the-counter drugs, compared with their female peers. 

Early analysis found that overall 10% of the students reported abusing over-the-counter drugs. "Findings from this study highlight and underscore OTC drugs as an increasing and significant health issue affecting young people," stated Rebecca Vidourek, a UC assistant professor of health promotion. The researchers said that high rates of OTC abuse were also found among male and female junior high school students.

The study examined over-the-counter drug use among students between the grades of seven and 12 in 133 schools across Cincinnati. The data was collected by the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati as part of the 2009-2010 Pride Survey on adolescent drug use in America. The survey was distributed to more than 54,000 students.

Early results of the study by Vidourek and Keith King, a University of Cincinnati professor of health promotion, were presented on Oct. 29 at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Francisco.

The researchers noted that youth who reported involvement in such positive activities as school clubs, sports, community and church organizations were less likely to report abusing OTC medications. Teens more likely to report taking OTC drugs were also more likely to report that they had attended parties where the drugs had been used, or had friends who abused OTC drugs.

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