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Most Americans go to work sick or not, according to latest GoJo survey

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio – More than two-thirds of Americans don't utilize their sick days because they don't want to miss a day of work, even if they're actually sick, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of GoJo Industries that was released Tuesday. As many as 62% of working Americans have gone to work sick and nearly three in four parents have sent their children to school sick. 
 
To make matters worse, those who are working or going to school sick aren't practicing the best hand hygiene, either. Three in five of those surveyed saw their co-worker sneeze without using a tissue. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. 
 
"This survey highlights that hand hygiene must be practiced far more thoroughly and regularly – whether it's at home, in the office or on the go," stated Jim Arbogast, VP hygiene sciences and public health advancements, GoJo Industries. "Keeping hands clean by either washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, should be second nature for all of us. It's a simple and effective way to prevent you and your family from getting sick and spreading illness-causing germs to others."
 
The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water and when soap and water are not available to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol to reduce germs on hands and decrease the spread of illness-causing germs.5
 
 

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Mylan submits ANDA for generic Advair Diskus

BY DSN STAFF

PITTSBURGH — Mylan on Tuesday announced that it had submitted to the Food and Drug Administration an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder). 
 
The drug is intended to treat asthma and the maintenance of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mylan said it would provide updates as the approval process continues. 

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ICSC: Omnichannel wins, with physical stores at epicenter

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — A just-released holiday survey reinforces the dominance of the omnichannel shopper.
 
Nearly one-third (32%) of shoppers the past holiday season used the click and collect method – with 69% of these shoppers purchasing additional items in the store when they went to pick up the item and 36% making another purchase in an adjacent store, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Holiday Consumer Purchasing Trends study.
 
What’s more, 60% of holiday shoppers used their mobile device while shopping in a store to do such things as compare prices, check availability and view reviews/ratings. And 56% of holiday shoppers researched products before they even entered the store.
 
"Looking back at the holiday season, the major trend that emerged is the prevalence of the omnichannel consumer and the resulting convergence among brick and mortar and digital retail," said Tom McGee, president and CEO of ICSC. "The story of bricks vs. clicks is an old one. The story is now one of a shopper getting the best of both worlds, using online research and capabilities to inform physical purchases.
 
Brick-and-mortar also fared well in the survey, which reported that 91% of consumers shopped in physical stores during the holiday season. Seeing, touching, and trying on merchandise was cited the number one reason to shop in store (32%), followed by the ability to browse (26%), and the ability to get the item right away (24%).
 
“The American consumer has sent a clear message that the physical store remains at the epicenter of the shopping experience,” McGee said.
 
In other survey findings:
  • Forty percent of shoppers say they spent more this season than in 2014, with 33% spending the same this season. Only 23% said they spent less than last year.
  • Shoppers like the ease of returning and exchanging products in store, with 20% of shoppers electing to shop in-store because of this advantage.
  • On average, 62% of holiday shoppers spent on gift cards, with an average spend of $145.  Of those that received a gift card, February or later (43%) is the most likely time for them to redeem it, followed by January (39%) and the last week of December (18%).
  • Forty-eight percent of holiday shoppers made a purchase in the apparel/footwear and electronics/devices categories this holiday season.

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