Private brand over-the-counter health and wellness manufacturer Perrigo announced today that over the next few months, the company will donate at least 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to local hospitals and first responders facing urgent shortages of this essential product.
Once Perrigo learned about the shortage, the manufacturer’s team quickly mobilized to formulate, produce and ship hand sanitizer within only a few weeks’ time. Perrigo is manufacturing the hand sanitizer at its New York facility and the product is being delivered to hospitals and healthcare providers in West Michigan, including Allegan General Hospital and Spectrum Health Hospitals, and the greater New York City area (New York/New Jersey/Connecticut) through the ‘Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City,’ which determines the agencies most in need of the product. The Michigan State Police will also receive hand sanitizer donations to aid first responders in their work with the general public.
Perrigo President and CEO Murray S. Kessler says, “As a leading global provider of self-care products, we have a special responsibility to do everything in our power to assist those in need. Given our close ties in the communities where we work and live, we were made aware of the shortage and critical need for hand sanitizers in local area hospitals. Our team in New York sprang into action and were able to develop a formula, get it into production and ready initial shipments to hospitals within an extraordinarily compressed timeframe. I am extremely proud of our front-line manufacturing employees, who have been working around the clock to support consumers, patients, and hospitals at this imperative time.”
Additional batches of hand sanitizer will also be provided to Perrigo essential employees in the U.S.