Perrigo addresses COVID-19

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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On Monday, Murray Kessler, president and chief executive officer at Perrigo, wrote a letter addressing the company’s commitment to keeping production lines moving and its employees safe.

The leader in private brand products under its consumer Americas business echoed that under the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security that healthcare companies that manufacture pharmaceutical and food supplies are “critical” and must maintain a normal work schedule.

Kessler stressed that Perrigo will “keep our customers’ stores and pharmacies stocked.” He outlined three key areas for the company:

Keeping employees informed and safe. He said the company is executing a social distancing policy, prohibiting non-essential business travel and using technology to harness collaboration. “We are restricting entry to our facilities to essential personnel only and requiring a pre-screening for possible COVID-19 exposure,” he said. “We also launched online forums for keeping employees up to date and understanding their questions and concerns. These measures are supporting productivity, helping reduce the risk of exposure for all employees and helping our operations and supply chain employees focus on their jobs.

Keeping production lines running. Deep sanitation protocols are being put in place and the manufacturing facilities are following regulatory protocols. “These combined efforts to protect the health and safety of employees, while allowing our facilities to continue operating, have enabled us to maintain a high level of output to meet demand for Perrigo’s products,” he said.

Staying in tune with community needs. Kessler wrote in the letter: “People throughout the company are collaborating in new ways and thinking resourcefully, which is leading to creative solutions, such as utilizing capacity to manufacture sanitizer that can be donated to hospitals. And, the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation and our employees are working on ways to support communities in need.

Read the letter from Kessler and Perrigo here.