Industry News The Midwest Aerosol Association (MAA) is hosting its Continuing Education Series—featuring educational speakers, topics and networking—on March 20 at Maggianos in Schaumburg, IL. Additionally, MAA members can renew membership by completing an application and sending it to Michael Byrnes, whose contact information can be found on the application form. Pay with either a check made out to MAA or by visiting the MAA website at www.oktospray. com to pay via PayPal. The cost of membership has not changed for 2014 but there will be an increase in the membership price after Feb. 28. Starting in early 2014, police in the New Jersey counties of Ocean, Hunterdon, Camden and Cape May could begin carrying Narcan, an aerosol form of naloxone, which counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioids, buying first responders 38 Spray February 2014 valuable time to get overdose victims potentially life-saving care, officials said. On average, it would take up to 15 minutes for an overdose victim to receive aid from a hospital employee, said Kenneth Lavelle, a doctor and former firefighter who is helping police in Ocean County train to use the drug. Police equipped with naloxone can normally administer a dose within two to four minutes while relatives and friends who have the drug on hand can provide aid immediately. The drug can be administered like a nasal spray and can block the effects of an opioid for roughly 90 minutes while the effects of heroin often last up to four hours, so addicts who use naloxone to ward off an overdose will still require medical attention. Avon Products Inc. said it will halt the further roll-out of its order management technology and cut about 650 jobs. The company, which has been struggling with declining sales, launched the technology in 2009 to improve interaction with its sales representatives. However, sales in Canada fell in the company’s most recent quarter due to disruption caused by the technology, known as service model transformation project. Unilever Plc intends to cut the number of individual products it sells by 30% by the end of 2014 to become more efficient and navigate a global economic slowdown it admits it was slow to confront. The company also said it is cutting about 2,000 jobs and will continue to adjust its portfolio, intending to save $500 million ($683million) in 2014. U.S. regulators issued a proposed rule that would require makers of antibacterial hand soaps to demonstrate their products are safe and more effective than soap and water in preventing infection and the spread of bacteria. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said the action is part of a larger ongoing review by the agency to ensure that antibacterial ingredients are safe and effective. However, the proposed rule would not affect hand sanitizers, wipes or antimicrobial products used in health care settings, the agency said. Novartis is in talks with Merck & Co. to trade its animal-health and human vaccines businesses for Merck’s over-thecounter health-products unit, possibly trading approximately $5 billion in assets. The swap would fit strategies at both companies to focus on core strengths and get rid of other business lines. Merck’s over-thecounter business, including Coppertone sunscreen and Claritin allergy medicine, would complement Novartis’s consumer line-up of items such as Triaminic cold medicine and Lamisil anti-fungal treatment. Novartis would prefer to trade the veterinary unit because it doesn’t need cash and would rather invest in an already established area, according to Bloomberg News. As part of its campaign to encourage consumers to try more P&G brands, Procter & Gamble launched a new website: PGTryIt.com. On the site, consumers can learn more about P&G brands, read ratings and reviews, and sign up for coupons and samples. L’Oreal SA has halted sales of Garnier beauty products in China to focus on other brands, a week after U.S. rival Revlon Inc. pulled out completely from the slowing China market. The firm will concentrate on its L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline New York product lines, which have been performing more strongly in China. Additionally, L’Oreal has received approval for its $843 million bid to acquire Magic Holdings International, a facial care company based in Hong Kong. Victoria’s Secret Beauty has partnered with Hudson Group to open a new Beauty & Accessories store in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, which is the new home of Delta airlines. The new store will focus on beauty products and accessories designed for the modern jet-setter.
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