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U.S. labor force packs on pounds, survey finds

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO The combination of work stress and economic pressures appears to be playing a role in the U.S. labor force’s weight gain. Overall, 44% of workers said they have gained weight in their current jobs, up slightly from 43% in 2009, according to a new CareerBuilder survey published Wednesday.

Nearly one-third of workers said that stress contributed to their weight gain at work.

Approximately 28% of employees reported they have gained more than 10 pounds and 12% say they gained more than 20 pounds while in their present positions. Comparing genders, women were more likely to put on weight than men and were more likely to gain a higher amount of pounds. Half of female workers said they have gained weight in their current position, compared with 39% of their male counterparts. As many as 30% of women gained more than 10 pounds compared with 23 percent of men.

“Especially in this economy, it is easier to pick up unhealthy eating habits in the office as workers spend more time on heavier workloads and less time on themselves,” stated Rosemary Haefner, VP human resources for CareerBuilder. “Employers know that employees who are healthier and have less stress are more productive and ultimately stay longer in their positions. Because of this, we continue to see employers taking a more proactive role in their staff’s health by offering perks such as gym passes, onsite workout facilities, wellness benefits and even contests that promote healthy living.”

The survey was conducted from February 10 through March 2, 2010 among more than 4,800 workers.

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Axellia acquires OTC maker

BY Michael Johnsen

COPENHAGEN Axellia Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced its acquisition of the Phoenix Global Supply Group, based in White Plains, N.Y., to supply over-the-counter topical anti-infectives to the U.S. and Canadian markets.

“An important part of our strategy is to expand our offering to include finished products in targeted dosage forms and geographic markets,” said Axellia CEO Carl-Ake Carlsson, “while continuing to develop our core active pharmaceutical ingredients business.”

Phoenix’s initial product launches in North America are expected to include private-label offerings around bacitracin and polymyxin B sulfate, two of the major ingredients found in topical anti-infective first aid products.

“The Phoenix team is delighted to welcome Axellia as its majority owner. While there are many other manufacturers of over-the-counter antibiotic products, we believe that the U.S. and Canadian markets for these products continue to be attractive and provide a significant opportunity for Phoenix,” stated Walter Jenkins, Phoenix CEO.

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Barba takes on VP finance and accounting role at Matrixx

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Matrixx Initiatives on Wednesday named William Barba VP finance and accounting and treasurer effective May 6.

Barba served as the company’s treasurer and director of planning since July 2007. He joined the company in February 2004 in a finance and investor relations role.

Prior to joining Matrixx, Barba held a variety of financial management positions with Mesa Air Group, Honeywell Intellectual Properties, Avnet and MicroAge.

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