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Vagisil launches new feminine hygiene product

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. As a brand leader in the feminine hygiene product market, Combe on Monday announced the introduction of Vagisil Satin — a fast-absorbing creme that provides quick and long-lasting relief from itch and irritation as it soothes and helps heal the skin.

“Whether at work, home or on the go, external vaginal discomfort not only causes physical stress, but also puts a damper on a woman’s mood and confidence level,” stated Adelaide Nardone, board certified OB/GYN.

According to the Journal of Urgent Care, vulvovaginitis is the cause of approximately 10 million office visits in the United States annually. Vulvovaginitis can be characterized by symptoms of itching, irritation, burning, redness, discharge and discomfort.

“These uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms affect women of all ages and are common gynecological concerns,” commented Jeanne Collins, Combe senior brand manager of marketing, feminine hygiene. “We are thrilled about the launch of Vagisil Satin as we continually strive to meet the needs of women by offering them a solution that immediately helps them feel more comfortable.”

Vagisil Satin contains 1% hydrocortisone acetate and provides 12 hours of relief from itch, discomfort and distraction.

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Employers may have legal obligations to sick employees, law firm says

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON In light of the current concerns over swine flu, employers may have legal obligations to limit worksite exposure to the virus, which could include keeping employees suspected of having the flu home and requiring medical certification that the employee is not contagious before allowing them to return to the workplace, the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green stated in a press release Friday.

“Employers often encourage sick workers to come to work, and sick workers often want to come,” stated David Barron, an attorney at Epstein Becker & Green. “However, when it comes to a pandemic, this type of reaction could spread illness and create devastating economic and medical havoc.”

Employers may want to keep employees home who have recently been to Mexico — or have been otherwise exposed — until it is conclusive that they are not infected, Barron said. “This is perfectly lawful and, in fact, employers have a legal responsibility under federal safety laws to provide a safe and disease-free workplace.”

Barron said that many clients have asked about the legality of testing employees who exhibit symptoms in the workplace: “An employer has a right to require fitness for duty testing if an employee could pose a safety risk to him or her self or to others – this means that an employer could require a medical certification that an employee exhibiting flu-like symptoms is not contagious before allowing re-entry into the workplace.”

While ensuring worksite safety is an employer’s responsibility, employers can require employees not to wear facemasks, the law firm stated.

“If an employee who is not sick comes to work in a mask, the employer may decide that this image is not good for business and could scare off customers,” Barron said. “In that situation, an employer could require the employee to remove the mask or place the employee on leave until they are comfortable working in the employer’s desired uniform.”

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GNC customers donate more than $300K in support of ‘Amazing Race’ star

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH During the first month of Phil Keoghan’s 40-day bike ride across the United States, GNC customers have donated more than $300,000 to the National MS Society and its Bike MS program in support of Keoghan’s new Ride Across America Presented by GNC, which kicked off in Los Angeles on March 28 and will end May 9 in New York, the day before the finale of his Emmy Award-winning show The Amazing Race 14.

GNC is the main sponsor of Keoghan’s 100-mile-a-day ride, which he says is one of the most physical and grueling challenges he’s ever taken.

“All of us at GNC are thrilled with the response of GNC’s loyal customers to [Keoghan’s] commitment to this important cause,” stated Tom Dowd, EVP stores, operations and development for GNC. “What [Keoghan] is proving every day on his ride is that individuals can make a difference in their lives and in their communities when they ‘Live Well.’”

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