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NCPA and Purdue Pharma remind families to safeguard their prescription medicines over holidays

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma on Wednesday announced the two organizations are working together to remind parents, grandparents and other family members about simple steps that can be taken to protect prescription medicines this holiday season through their national educational initiative, Safeguard My Meds.

“As a community pharmacist and mother, I understand how critical it is to keep prescription medicines from falling into the wrong hands,” stated Michele Belcher, NCPA second VP. “Every day more than 2,500 teenagers abuse prescription medication for the first time. Proper storage and disposal of prescription medicines in the home can play a vital role in preventing misuse and abuse.”

NCPA and Purdue Pharma suggest that families use a locked storage container to store prescription medicines at greater risk of being abused, including pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and anti-depressants, and to keep track of medications with the Medicine Inventory Sheet, which can be found at www.SafeguardMyMeds.org.

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Call for Entries: 2012 Retail Store of the Year Design Competition

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Give your new store and renovation projects the recognition they deserve: Entries are now being accepted for the 31st annual Chain Store Age Retail Store of the Year Design Competition, which will celebrate outstanding retail and restaurant design.

More than 20 categories are featured, ranging from supermarkets and discount/mass merchants to specialty stores and drug stores. Entries may be submitted by retailers, designers, architects or suppliers.

For more information and to download the entry form, click here.

The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2012. See entry form for information about extensions. For questions, email Marianne Wilson at mwilson@chainstoreage.com.

 

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American Greetings debuts “Sweet Stuff” card line

BY DSN STAFF

CLEVELAND — American Greetings has a new line of cards that include detachable, musical felt magnets in the shape of cartoon characters.

The company announced the launch of the Sweet Stuff cards, which include characters like Cup-Katie, Peacefully Polly, Tequila Terry and Wesley Whip.

"We know that when it comes to celebrating birthdays, it’s all about offering them a big smile, and these adorable, musical magnets really deliver, as they bring some of our favorite things to life with these adorable characters," American Greetings executive director of new product concepts Carol Miller said. "Cute stuff, fun stuff, silly stuff, happy stuff — all the best stuff comes to life with Sweet Stuff. And best yet, that happy feeling can live on as they place the magnet proudly on the fridge and get to experience a little happy moment whenever they want."

 

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