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CVS/pharmacy stops sales in 90 stores of some cold meds containing PSE

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has replaced certain single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products with the tamper-resistant PSE product, Zephrex-D, in all of its West Virginia stores, as well as stores in nearby states that are located within 15 miles of West Virginia's border, including Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The move, which was effective as of June 20, was implemented in more than 90 stores.

PSE is an active ingredient found in many cold, allergy, and sinus medicines to provide congestion relief but it can also be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.



 

“We took this step as part of our long-standing commitment to assuring that PSE products are purchased at our stores only for legitimate medical purposes. By replacing the single ingredient products that are preferred in the making of meth with a tamper-resistant version in these stores, our customers continue to have access to a single ingredient PSE product for legitimate purposes,” the company stated in a statement sent to Drug Store News. “This step also follows our decision earlier this year to be the first pharmacy in West Virginia to follow the state board of pharmacy's recommendation to voluntarily reduce the amount of PSE products that may be purchased to just half of what is permitted under state law."

According to a report in The Charleston Gazette, Ride Aid and Fruth Pharmacy stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in West Virginia last year. And Walgreens reportedly has plans to also stop such sales in the state.
 

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SheaMoisture adds pre-natal collection to offerings

BY Antoinette Alexander

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture has expanded its portfolio with a new pre-natal collection made with natural and certified organic ingredients. Enter the new Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy collection.

The new collection was created from family recipes carried down from founder and CEO Richelieu Dennis’ grandmother, Sofi Tucker. SheaMoisture is the legacy of Tucker, who when widowed a young age, sold her handcrafted shea butter preparations throughout Sierra Leone to support her children. She became known as a healer throughout the countryside.
 

 


Each product contains certified organic raw shea butter sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, which moisturizes and aids in repairing skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids. The products also contain amazonia cupuaçu, which helps protect, soften and soothe, and pistachio oil, rich in vitamin E and phytosterols to nourish and protect skin. The products are free of parabens, phthalates, paraffin, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, sulfates, silicones, synthetic fragrance and artificial coloring.  

The collection includes:


  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Butter Cream (suggested retail price is $12.99);
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Stretch Mark Intensive Repair Oil (SRP: $14.99);
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Soothing Nursing Balm (SRP: $14.99);
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy Firming Massage Lotion (SRP: $9.99); and
  • Raw Shea & Cupuaçu Mommy All Over Body Scrub (SRP: $12.99).
     

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Target bolsters exec team with new hires as it continues to focus on digital efforts

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced the addition of three new external senior-level hires, who will have responsibility for leading teams across information technology, e-commerce and digital products.

Jim Fisher joins Target as SVP infrastructure and operations, Target technology services, where he will oversee Target’s technical infrastructure and operations. 

His 35-year career has included roles at the Home Depot, Macy’s and IBM. Immediately before Target, Fisher was SVP global infrastructure operations at First Data Corp. He was responsible for security engineering and operations, database and data administration, asset management and IT facilities.

Alan Wizemann joins Target as VP Target.com and mobile product, where he will oversee digital product teams. For the past two years, Wizemann had been consulting with Target and leading various product teams, including Target’s mobile coupon app Cartwheel.

 Prior to Target, Wizemann founded ShopIgniter, a social commerce and marketing platform, and also worked with several other startups.

David Weissman joins Target as president of DermStore, based in El Segundo, Calif., which Target acquired last year.

 Weissman was previously at BCBG Max Azria Group, where he was EVP e-commerce and omnichannel. He also held several senior-level positions during his 10-year tenure at GSI Commerce.

“At Target, we’ve said one of our top priorities is accelerating our digital transformation, and these new hires are a signal of our commitment to that effort,” said Jodee Kozlak, chief human resources officer for Target. “Jim, David and Alan are proven leaders who we believe will help Target deliver great new experiences for our guests, whether in stores, online or on the go.”

Today’s announcements come after a number of other recent external senior-level hires, including: Brad Maiorino, SVP and chief information security officer; Peter Glusker, SVP new business integration and operations; and Kristi Argyilan, SVP media and guest engagement.
 

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