NEEDY RUSSIAN HOSPITALS TO RECEIVE $1 MILLION OF CONSUMER HEALTH PRODUCTS FROM STERLING WINTHROP INC.
NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Winthrop Inc. today announced that its Sterling Health consumer products division has donated medicines totaling $1 million to help Russian physicians alleviate acute shortages. As part of the presentation, company officials also announced that business operations have been initiated to ultimately market western non-prescription medicines to the people of Russia. "We are pleased to be able to assist the Russian medical community at this time of great need. And we are hopeful that our association with the people of Russia will be long and mutually beneficial," said William (Willie) G. Pietersen, President, Sterling Winthrop Consumer Health Group. Sterling Health donated a variety of pain relievers, cold remedies and gastro-intestinal products for adults and children, including Panadol(R) Junior and Panadol(R) Baby & Infant products. A large part of the medications are earmarked for hospitals and clinics in the St. Petersburg region with the remainder being delivered to children's hospitals and medical clinics in Moscow. Ray Hannigan, President, Sterling Health International, made the donation today at ceremonies at the Russian Federation Children's Medical Clinic. The products were accepted by Dr. Vasili Aleksandrovich Drozdov, Head Physician of the nationally recognized Russian Children's Hospital, Moscow, and a representative of Russia's Ministry of Health. Corporate Responsibility "I am very proud that Sterling Health is able to make this donation of vital medicines to aid Russian people at this time," Hannigan said. "We are committed to acting responsibly in support of Russia's medical professionals and the challenges facing them to provide quality medical care." Sterling Health will work closely with Russian officials and Heart- to-Heart, an international medical relief organization, to ensure that the products reach hospitals and clinics that work with the most needy children. The first shipment of Sterling Health medications will be delivered in the Moscow area next week. Sterling Health Announces Russian Business Sterling Health also announced that it has already established operations by registering both a Russian A/O company and a branch operation. Medical representatives will be visiting polyclinics and pharmacies from Moscow to Vladivostok to provide health care professionals with informational and educational materials about the benefits of consumer health medicines. Sterling Health's Russian operations currently employ 19 Russian nationals and that number is expected to grow significantly during the coming year. Additionally, Sterling Health has established warehouse facilities in Moscow, and has signed agreements to begin local packaging operations during 1994. Sterling Health is the consumer health products division of Sterling Winthrop Inc., the global pharmaceuticals and consumer health products subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company. Sterling Health develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of consumer health products including analgesics, gastro-intestinal, skin care and cough/cold products. Sterling Health is among the leading suppliers of consumer health products in the world, and has operations in more than 100 countries. -0- 11/17/93 /CONTACT: Carol J. Perlman, 212-907-2724, or Tom Thomson or Michael Goncharov, in Russia, 941-8489, both for Sterling Winthrop/
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