A drug maker in the region is working to produce and ship $500,000 worth of hand sanitizer to hospitals and first responders.
Dublin-based Perrigo, which has its North American headquarters in Allegan, said Tuesday that it will donate at least 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer that it formulated and produced, worth about $500,000.
Perrigo is manufacturing the hand sanitizer at its New York facility, and the product is being delivered to hospitals and health care providers in New York and West Michigan, including Allegan General Hospital and the Spectrum Health hospitals.
The company also will donate hand sanitizer to the Michigan State Police for first responders.
“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,” said Murray Kessler, president and CEO of Perrigo.
“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 also will be provided to Perrigo’s essential U.S. employees.