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CHPA: Missouri voters oppose any proposal of a PSE prescription requirement

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday released the results of a recent poll of Missouri voters conducted by GS Strategy Group and supported by CHPA that found a clear majority of state residents oppose proposed legislation that would require a prescription for the purchase of pseudoephedrine. As many as 64% of respondents oppose the measure, and nearly 75% of respondents said it would at least be somewhat of an inconvenience to have to obtain a doctor’s prescription before buying those medicines.

"This survey provides strong evidence that the vast majority of Missouri consumers prefer effective solutions to the meth problem that don’t force law-abiding citizens to obtain a doctor’s prescription for popular nonprescription medicines," stated Carlos Gutierrez, senior director and head of government affairs for CHPA. "During the current legislative session, it is likely that some Missouri lawmakers will once again push for a prescription requirement for popular cold and allergy medicines. The public, however, clearly favors more balanced policy solutions."

Gutierrez noted that Sen. David Sater (R-Mo.) and state Rep. Stanley Cox (R-Mo.) have introduced measures that would focus squarely on meth criminals. "One of the ideas advanced by Sen. Sater and Rep. Cox is the implementation of a meth-offender block list that would bar individuals convicted of drug felonies from purchasing pseudoephedrine-based cold and allergy medicines," he said. "Oklahoma adopted a meth-offender block list in 2012 and has experienced a 50% drop in meth-lab incidents since then."

 

 

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J.LUCARZ says:
Mar-21-2014 11:51 pm

This will not solve the meth problem in Missouri. Making pseudoephedrine products rx only will solve the problem better than anything else that is out there. Communities that have made it rx only have seen a decrease in meth. I know this to be true from experience. I am a 30 year veteran pharmacist and have seen first hand what making pseudoephedrine rx only does to everyone. People who need the products for legitimate uses have no problems getting an rx from their doctor. Meth makers will have a harder time getting the product if its rx only. These are real facts. i would love to see the full results of this survey to see who they surveyed, where they surveyed, and what questions were asked.

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Supervalu reorganizes independent business unit

BY Michael Johnsen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu on Thursday reorganized its operations in an effort to streamline the independent business organization. As part of the new structure, Supervalu’s independent business will consolidate from three regions to two regions, forming new East and West teams. The new East and West independent business regions will be located in Mechanicsville, Va., and Hopkins, Minn., respectively. 

To lead the new organizations, Supervalu has named Kevin Kemp president of the East region and Bill Chew president of the West region. 

With this new independent business organization, Supervalu will reduce operating costs while continuing to drive sales growth with its current and prospective customers. The changes also take into consideration the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering value, service and customer programs and offerings that meet the rapidly changing needs of its independent grocery store customers nationwide.

The reorganization will result in a net workforce reduction of approximately 80 positions.

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Johnny Appleseed brand announces new hard cider

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — Johnny Appleseed, a new brand from Anheuser-Busch, announced that its Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will debut on store shelves beginning April 7. More than 750 consumers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom help to co-design the brand — from taste profile to packaging, the company said.

“Cider is hotter than ever right now, and Johnny Appleseed is an exciting new entry to the category” said Adam Oakley, VP high-end at Anheuser-Busch. “We have something very special here — the perfect balance of sweetness and intensity with a refreshing crisp apple bite. It’s unlike any other hard cider on the market today.”

Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider will be available in 12-oz. glass bottles with a twist-off cap in six-packs and 12-packs. It will also be sold individually in 16-oz. and 25-oz. cans.

 

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