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Natural product advocate joins CHPA as new VP government affairs

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday named John Gay as the association’s VP government affairs. Gay will begin his duties March 8.

Reporting to CHPA president and CEO Scott Melville, Gay will oversee the association’s state and federal government affairs departments, its political action committee, and will serve as a member of the association’s senior management team.

“John brings a wealth of government affairs, association, and corporate experience to CHPA and has a proven record of legislative achievement,” Melville said. “His keen political insight, seasoned legislative perspective, and ability to build broad, diverse coalitions will enhance CHPA’s overall advocacy efforts.”

A graduate of the University of Virginia and a native of Georgia, Gay began his career in the office of former Sen. Mack Mattingly, R-Ga., and proceeded to a series of increasingly responsible positions with Anderson Worldwide, the Hotel & Lodging Association, the International Franchise Association and the National Restaurant Association.
 
Most recently, Gay was president and CEO of the Natural Products Association, an organization that represents retailers and manufacturers of natural products.


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St. Joseph Consumer Health expands well-known aspirin brand into cough-cold

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Annapolis, Md.-based St. Joseph Consumer Health last week unveiled a new St. Joseph-branded line of cough-cold products formulated for patients with high blood pressure at the ECRM Cough & Cold and Allergy EPPS.

The products all feature "decongestant-free" on the package underneath the St. Joseph brand, long known for its 81-mg daily aspirin regimen. The lineup includes a multi-symptom day/night caplet formulation, two formulations targeting cold and flu symptoms and a cough tablet SKU.

The company also is adding a 325-mg aspirin product to its line of aspirin products.


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Hisamitsu America launches trio of topical pain relief solutions

BY Michael Johnsen

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Hisamitsu America on Monday launched three new topical analgesic solutions, the company stated.

The three new products include Salonpas Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot, which features capsaicin (0.025%) and menthol (1.25%) in patch form; Salonpas Pain Relieving Massage Foam with active ingredients menthol (3%) and methyl salicylate (10%) in a self-massage topical analgesic format; and Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray with active ingredients menthol (3%) and methyl salicylate (10%) that utilizes a highly pressurized jet force as its application mechanism.

"While most Americans turn to OTC pills to relieve pain, topical analgesic pain relief — as found in patches, creams, foams and sprays — is gaining greater market recognition, and we are proud to have been voted the ‘Best New Topical Analgesic in 2012’ by Better Homes & Gardens," stated John Incledon, Hisamitsu America president and CEO.


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