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Time editor-at-large named closing speaker for CRN symposium

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time, will be the closing speaker at CRN’s annual symposium for the dietary supplement industry.

“Mark Halperin is one of the premiere political analysts in the media,” stated Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO. “His fresh reporting, unparalleled access to political and thought leaders and his extensive knowledge of the political landscape make him one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit,” he said. “His presentation will be a ‘can’t miss’ opportunity for conference attendees. I can’t think of any better way to end The Conference.”

As part of his presentation, Halperin will share an insiders look at the past presidential election as well as provide thoughts on the upcoming midterm elections and how any shifts in power may affect the dietary supplement industry in the next Congress. 

The Conference takes place Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 just outside of Austin, Texas.

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Hayes’ role expands at Bayer HealthCare’s consumer care division

BY Michael Johnsen

MORRISTOWN, N.J. Timothy Hayes, currently SVP and region head for Bayer HealthCare’s consumer care division in North America, also will lead the business unit’s global business development function effective July 1, the company announced Monday.

In addition to his role leading Bayer HealthCare’s over-the-counter drug business in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Hayes will now also oversee new business development for Consumer Care’s global brand portfolio and markets — identifying and analyzing new and emerging opportunities and developing short- and long-term strategic plans for business growth. This includes but is not limited to, acquisitions, in-licensing and Rx-to-OTC switches to drive continued, leading growth for this important division of Bayer HealthCare’s diversified business.

“[Hayes’] demonstrated leadership of the North American business over several years includes many successfully executed market growth strategies,” stated consumer care president Gary Balkema. “In his new role, [Hayes’] experience will be invaluable as he leads business development globally for consumer care.”

Hayes’ career has spanned nearly 30 years in the consumer products industry. He joined Bayer consumer care in 1992 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in trade marketing, sales and strategic business management. Prior to his current position, he served as SVP consumer care U.S.A.

Hayes has also been active through the OTC manufacturer’s association the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. He served as vice-chair for CHPA from 2002-2003, chair-elect from 2003-2004 and chairman from 2004-2006. Additionally, he has been a member of CHPA’s board and executive committee since 2000.

Hayes similarly is an active member of the board of directors for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. And he previously served as vice chairman of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education until February 2010. In addition, his history of service includes terms on the National Association of Chain Drugstores Advisory Board and chairmanship of the American Heart Association Morris County Heart Walk.

Hayes received his B.A. degree in business and marketing from Furman University, Greenville, S.C., in 1980. Hayes is a father of three and now resides in Chester, N.J., with his wife, Susan, and youngest son.

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MediPendant to be sold at Albertsons

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. Medical Alarm Concepts has gained distribution of its MediPendant through Albertsons, the company announced Tuesday.

The MediPendant is a fully-monitored medical alarm system that allows users to speak and listen directly through the pendant.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce that Albertsons will now be offering our next generation personal emergency response system throughout their stores,” stated Medical Alarm Concepts CEO Howard Teicher. “Albertsons currently has over 250 pharmacy based stores and we believe our presence there will add tremendous value to our operations,” he said. “We expect this partnership will open up for additional distribution agreements with leading retail chains. Our technology of being able to have two-way call through the pendant with a range of 600 feet, versus being dependent on the competition’s base-unit inside, is receiving a lot of interest.”

Under the terms of the distribution agreement signed in March of this year, the company’s MediPendant alarm device will be offered by Albertsons in various locations throughout its grocery chain stores, including, but not limited to, the pharmacy section.  The particular offering will also include one free month of monitoring services, and an associated “lock box” device that enables the EMT-certified operator to provide the access code to the ambulance personnel prior to arriving at the home. A lock box enables the ambulance personnel to avoid having to break into the home or waste time finding a source of entry.

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