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Fred’s Super Dollar: August sales relatively flat as compared to year-ago

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Super Dollar on Wednesday posted sales of $140 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 31. Sales were $139.9 million in the year-ago period. 

Comparable-store sales for the month were approximately flat versus a decline of 2.8% in the same period last year.

"Sales were adversely affected by an unfavorable calendar shift, with no first of the month in fiscal August," stated Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. "Despite this shift, several departments performed well in August, most notably pharmacy," he said. 

During the month, Fred’s opened a new Xpress pharmacy location and closed one store location.


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NCPA calls on pharmacists to tweet in a ‘Tweet-a-Thon,’ recognizing the occupation’s contribution to health care

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The National Community Pharmacists Association recently put out a call for pharmacists to participate in an Oct. 3 "Tweet-a-Thon: Pharmacists Helping Patients."

"Please join pharmacists around the world for a day of celebrating their contributions to health care and our communities," the association stated. "Every day, pharmacists quietly and efficiently help patients in many ways and in many diverse practice settings. For one day, the world will hear about it on Twitter."

On Oct. 3 participating pharmacists will tweet about the real things they are doing or did that day to help patients, other health professionals and their communities by using the hashtag #Pharmacist on Twitter. 


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CHPA stands with Indiana officials on the state’s new voluntary retail Anti-Smurfing Campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday joined Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, state Rep. Larry Bucshon, as well as local officials and leaders from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, the Indiana Retail Council and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, at a press conference to launch the state’s new voluntary retail Anti-Smurfing Campaign. The initiative, which was developed by CHPA, aims to educate potential pseudoephedrine “smurfers” on the consequences of making an illegal purchase. 

"“There is no question that smurfing is a challenge for the law enforcement community and we hope that this program will help address this illegal behavior," stated Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO. "In addition to electronic blocking technology and other legislative tools, we are pleased to see Indiana leaders taking concrete steps to educate the public about this type of criminal activity.”

The Anti-Smurfing Campaign is a public-private partnership that provides Indiana pharmacies signage to display at the retail counter. CHPA tested a range of anti-smurfing messages, and the research affirmed that these materials successfully educate potential smurfers about the consequence of illegal purchases without deterring honest consumers.

The Attorney General’s office, the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Retail Council, and the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council are co-sponsoring the campaign along with CHPA.


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