Reports: Fruth to sell tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine drug to combat meth
NEW YORK — Fruth Pharmacy is taking up a pseudoephedrine product for nasal congestion designed to deter the manufacturing of methamphetamine at all of its stores, according to published reports.
The West Virginia MetroNews Network reported that Fruth — which operates 25 stores in West Virginia and Ohio — would start selling Acura Pharmaceuticals’ Nexafed at its stores.
Currently, Nexafed is available only in 30-mg pills, and Fruth will continue to sell Johnson & Johnson’s Sudafed in other strengths until other strengths of Nexafed become available, and Sudafed will be phased out.
Nexafed, which Acura describes as a "next-generation" pseudoephedrine product, has tamper-resistant properties that disrupt the extraction of pseudophedrine from the pill and its conversion to methamphetamine. It will still have the same restrictions on purchasing as Sudafed and other pseudoephedrine products, according to MetroNews.
According to Charleston, W.Va., ABC affiliate WCHS, more than 300 meth labs have been uncovered in West Virginia so far this year, with more than one-third of them in Kanawha county alone.
Shoppers Drug Mart opens second enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE
TORONTO — Continuing its effort to offer customers an elevated prestige beauty experience, Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart unveiled on Wednesday its second enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE at the Toronto Eaton Centre.
(Domenic Pilla, president and CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart)
The 4,000-sq.-ft. beautyBOUTIQUE features 21 prestige brands, as well as new fixtures, digital signage, an enhanced fragrance and derm areas.
"Our goal was to design a unique and inspiring experience leveraging our customer insights in beauty while also integrating emerging customer trends," stated Domenic Pilla, president and CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart.
"Shoppers Drug Mart has always pushed the envelope when it comes to the beauty category, and as a result, we have become the market leader in mass and prestige cosmetics, fragrances and skin care products and the beauty destination of choice for Canadian women."
The design was inspired by a gift box and the idea of unraveling a ribbon to reveal the present. The ribbon concept can be seen in the elements of the store design, including the digital signage wrapped around the boutique and the finishing elements extending over the fixtures to the ceiling.
"It was the right time to evolve and enhance our concept to modernize the fixtures, adapt to changing shopping behaviors, incorporate new communication vehicles like digital signage and grow our brand assortment to include new prestige vendors," added Cathy Masson, VP category management at Shoppers Drug Mart. "We introduced this new concept all while holding true to our principles of knowledgeable and unbiased service in an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience."
In addition to a newly designed beautyBOUTIQUE, the renovated store in the Toronto Eaton Centre will continue to offer an assortment of health, beauty and convenience essentials including the full service pharmacy and a Canada Post outlet.
The first enhanced BeautyBOUTIQUE opened in November 2012 in an existing Shoppers Drug Mart store in Bayview Village in Toronto.
Reports: Walmart to offer domestic partner benefits next year
NEW YORK — Walmart will begin offering health insurance and other benefits to unmarried domestic partners, including same-sex partners, next year, according to published reports.
According to an internal memo obtained by the LGBT blog Towleroad, the retailer cited 30 of its competitors, noting that all but two — Publix and Stop & Shop’s union plan — already offer domestic partner benefits. Benefits included in the new Walmart plan include health, dental, 401k and others.
"We operate in 50 states, hundreds of municipalities and Puerto Rico, and as clarified under the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), each of these states are developing different definitions of marriage, domestic partner, civil union, etc.," the memo read. "By developing a single definition for all Walmart associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, we are able to ensure consistency for our associates in various markets."
Gay-rights groups have often criticized Walmart in the past for policies considered anti-gay, but the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index, gave the retailer a 60% rating, citing anti-discrimination and other policies favorable to gay and lesbian employees.