Attorneys General of 30 states make plea to pharmacy to stop selling tobacco products
NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products. Along with Schneiderman and DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of WalMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Kroger, asking them to remove all tobacco products from their shelves.
“Pharmacies and drug stores, which increasingly market themselves as a source for community health care, send a mixed message by continuing to sell deadly tobacco products,” Schneiderman stated. “I urge these companies to do the right thing and remove tobacco products from store shelves.”
“My fellow Attorneys General and I are asking these national retailers to take an additional step forward in keeping tobacco products away from youth by voluntarily not selling them in their stores with pharmacies,” DeWine said. “The health of our kids is just too important.”
In addition to the request to stop selling tobacco products, 32 Attorneys General have commended CVS Caremark for its recent decision to stop selling tobacco in its stores.
Canada’s Rexall celebrates newest Edmonton store
EDMONTON, Alberta — Canadian pharmacy retailer Rexall celebrated on Friday the opening of its newest drug store at Northgate Centre.
Attending the grand opening celebration was Paul Chidley, divisional VP of Rexall, Tony Caterina, councillor for the City of Edmonton, and Janice Sarich, MLA for Edmonton-Decore, as well as employees and members of the community. This marks the 24th Rexall location in the city of Edmonton.
The range of services available at the new location include a full service pharmacy, nutrition consultation, vitamin therapy, free prescription delivery, a refrigerated grocery section, as well as a cosmetic department.
At 11,200 square feet the store offers a range of healthy products including naturopathic and homeopathic selections, as well as Rexall’s private brand Be.better. Be.better. has 170 items that were selected and designed to help Canadians live, feel and be better. The line includes healthier snack options, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, gluten-free vitamins, vegetarian probiotics and salon-quality hair and skin care products.
Also in attendance were organizers from Kids Kottage, a crisis nursery center that provides a safe, nurturing home away from home for infants and children up to 11 years of age, free of charge, during a time of family crisis. Kids Kottage received a $10,000 donation from the Rexall Foundation, which will be used to fund equipment and programming.
Abbott recalls pair of defunct blood glucose meters
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Abbott on Friday voluntarily recalled the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter, neither of which have been in production since 2010. Other Abbott Diabetes Care meters are not affected by the recall.
When used with the Abbott FreeStyle test strips, the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter may produce mistakenly low blood glucose results. Abbott began notifying users on Feb. 19, 2014, immediately after the issue was discovered.
This voluntary recall does not apply to any other Freestyle brand blood glucose monitoring systems. Freestyle Lite, Freestyle Freedom Lite or Freestyle InsuLinx systems can continue to be used with the Freestyle test strips.