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Incontinence consumers get better fit with new Depend sizing

BY Michael Johnsen

Kimberly-Clark’s Depend incontinence brand on Monday released a new sizing for both men and women’s Depend Fit-Flex Underwear to ensure a better fit. A new study from Depend brand found that nearly 1-in-4 Americans living with bladder leakage withdrew from the people and things they love due to discomfort and anxiety.

“We are always looking to help those who experience bladder leakage find a solution to help manage the condition,” Jennifer Nobui, senior brand manager for Depend, said. “We are committed to breaking category stigmas and providing products that allow our consumers to live the same lives they lived before bladder leakage. That’s why we created new sizing to better fit our consumers’ needs and to allow them to reconnect with the people and things they love.”

Depend Fit-Flex is now available in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large for women and sizes small/medium, large and extra-large for men. With more sizes than before, Depend Fit-Flex Underwear provides a better fit for all body shapes and sizes, including an improved waistband to keep the brief in place and new tailored tension for comfort.

“As a licensed psychotherapist, I know that being comfortable both inside and out is essential to living a healthy lifestyle, no matter your age,” Robi Ludwig, Depend brand spokesperson, said. “The new Depend Fit-Flex sizes offer individuals experiencing incontinence a way to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, which is essential to living your best life at any age.”

 

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Colorado becomes 16th state to mandate DXM age restriction

BY Michael Johnsen

Colorado on Friday became the 16th state to place an age restriction on the purchase of the OTC cough suppressant dextromethorphan.

Restricting the sale of DXM-containing products to adults over the age of 18 is supported by industry, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, in an effort to reduce teenage abuse of the cold remedies. “Colorado [joins] states across the country in recognizing that limiting teen access to DXM is a proven way to prevent abuse,” Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, said. “State lawmakers are crucial allies in prevention efforts and we thank Colorado State lawmakers – Sens. Bob Gardner (R, El Paso) and John Cooke (R, Weld) as well as Reps. Jonathan Singer (D, Boulder) and Pete Lee (D, El Paso) – for their commitment to this issue.”

While millions of Americans use products containing DXM to safely treat their symptoms, according to the 2017 National Institute on Drug Abuse annual Monitoring the Future survey, one in 30 teens abuses OTC cough medicine containing DXM to get high, CHPA reported.

In 2012, California became the first state to prohibit sales of DXM-containing products to minors. Since then, governors from Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Wisconsin have all signed similar laws.

“CHPA has long supported state efforts to limit teen access to DXM and has worked to increase parental and community awareness of OTC cough medicine abuse through our Stop Medicine Abuse campaign,” Melville said. “We are confident that this new law will help raise awareness about the issue with parents, while ensuring access for the millions of families who responsibly use products containing DXM to treat common cough symptoms.”

As part of the Stop Medicine Abuse campaign, CHPA launched a retailer education initiative in 2017, providing educational materials to retailers in states with age-restriction laws to improve retail employees’ understanding of the new law and how to enforce it.

 

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Family operated GOJO promotes third generation to executive chair

BY Michael Johnsen

GOJO Industries earlier this week named Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, a third-generation member of the Lippman-Kanfer family, to the role of executive chair for the 72-year-old family enterprise.

As vice chair since 2007, Kanfer Rolnick has co-led the enterprise with her father, Joe Kanfer, and the GOJO leadership team. Kanfer, previously chair and CEO, is transitioning to the role of chair and venturer. He will mentor, coach and help shape GOJO strategy in partnership with Kanfer Rolnick and other GOJO leaders who are critical to the family enterprise’s ongoing success.

“Our world and the markets GOJO serves are continually changing but what will not change is our commitment to GOJO values and our highly collaborative, adaptive, customer-focused, team-based ways of working,” Kanfer Rolnick said. “I will carry on the legacy of leadership collaboration that was set forth by [founders Goldie and Jerry Lippman] and continued by my father and generations of GOJO leaders. I am humbled and proud to serve and lead with our talented team in pursuit of our GOJO Purpose – Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-Being Solutions.”

“Today marks a significant moment in GOJO history and for the Kanfer family,” Kanfer said. “I could not be more proud and excited to enter the next stage of our family’s leadership. Just as I was a confidant and partner to my uncle Jerry Lippman, Marcella has been my confidant and partner for nearly her whole life. When she was a child, we talked business every evening around our family dinner table, and our partnership continued through daily phone calls when she was a student at Princeton University and later while earning an MBA at Stanford University. Over the last 10 years – in her expanded role as GOJO vice chair – Marcella has been my colleague and critical shaper of our strategic direction.”

Kanfer Rolnick helped launch Purell Hand Sanitizer in the consumer market and then established the company’s initial e-business capability and digital strategy in the late 1990s. She also worked outside the family enterprise at a strategy consulting firm, multi-media publisher and boutique investment company before returning to GOJO to take on an expanded role. In addition to her role at GOJO, Kanfer Rolnick also oversees Walnut Ridge, a holding company that manages the Kanfer Family’s investments and philanthropic interests.

The GOJO journey began in 1946 when Goldie and Jerry Lippman set out to find a safer solution to get workers’ hands clean by founding a small family business, initially naming it GoJer Laboratories. Together, Goldie and Jerry, with Kent State University chemistry professor Clarence Cook, invented a heavy-duty hand cleaner. The operations were small in 1946. Jerry Lippman mixed the hand cleaner in the basement at night and sold it from the trunk of his car by day while Goldie managed the office. Goldie and Jerry’s nephew, Joe Kanfer, was infused with Jerry’s curiosity and Goldie’s business acumen and was often found as a youth working alongside his aunt and uncle.

In the mid-1970s, Kanfer became president and later chairman and CEO.

 

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