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Pharmavite’s Walsh becomes COO

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. Pharmavite on Monday announced the promotion of Mark Walsh to COO, effective immediately. Walsh has been with Pharmavite for four years as VP operations and was responsible for demand forecasting, production planning, purchasing, manufacturing, customer service and distribution for all of the company’s products.

Prior to joining Pharmavite, Walsh worked in operations for Mars, Inc.

Walsh will report to Pharmavite’s board, the company reported.

Connie Barry, president and CEO since 2005, will transition into an advisory role and will continue to serve as a member of Pharmavite’s board. Barry announced in December that she will be stepping down from that role effective Jan. 31 because of personal health issues.

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FDA commissioner Hamburg to be keynote speaker at CHPA conference

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration’s chief executive, commissioner Margaret Hamburg, will provide the keynote address at the Consumer Healthcare Product Association’s 2010 Annual Executive Conference in March, the association announced through its newsletter Friday.

Since being sworn in as commissioner in May 2009, Hamburg has focused on restoring trust in FDA. Under her direction, the agency launched its Safe Use Initiative, has been working to improve accountability and transparency of the agency’s activities and decisionmaking processes and has stepped-up the agency’s enforcement activity.

In addition to hearing from FDA’s top official, attendees at the March 12 IRI session will be given an update on the association’s direction from CHPA chair Chris DeWolf, Lil’ Drug Store Products and CHPA president Linda Suydam.

A presentation on the intersection of healthcare reform and the retail environment also is planned.

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HealthRight Products rolls out new nasal strips

BY Michael Johnsen

PORTLAND, Ore. HealthRight Products earlier this month introduced its patented Breathe Clear nasal strips as an improvement to the existing forms of nasal strips currently on the market. The new strips employ a patented Dual Lift Dual Flex technology that allows users to place each side of the strip independently, accommodating a variety of nose shapes including wider, broader nose bridges.

According to the company’s consumer research, many people have either not yet tried nasal strips of any kind, or have found the existing choices uncomfortable to wear.

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