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CVS/pharmacy will not sell Rolling Stone magazine featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Rolling Stone magazine has sparked an uproar with its current issue, which features a cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Many are criticizing the publication for glamorizing a “terrorist” and the backlash is even evident at the retail level, as CVS/pharmacy has said it will not stock the issue of the magazine.

A statement posted on the pharmacy retailer’s Facebook page reads: “CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.”

The boycott by CVS/pharmacy sparked a flurry of comments in support of the retailer’s decision. “Powerful message to rest of the retailers,” one person wrote. “My respect for your company has just gone up a notch or five,” another Facebook fan wrote. “Great call. Proud of that. More stores should take a stand. He’s not a ‘star,’” another comment read.

CVS/pharmacy has been a strong supporter of the bombing victims and their families from the start. In the days following the April 15 tragedy, the Woonsocket, R.I.-based retailer swiftly rose to the occasion, expressing its sadness over the tragic events and announcing that it would come together with the Boston business community to support The One Fund Boston. The One Fund was established by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to raise money for victims and families who have been affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

"We have stores only blocks away from the Boston Marathon finish line, so we know how strongly this tragedy has affected our local customers and employees and that there is a strong desire to help," stated Mark Cosby, president of CVS/pharmacy, in the days following the bombing. "We wanted to make it easy for our customers to support One Fund Boston by bringing an in-store donation campaign directly to the Boston community."

The month-long, in-store fundraising campaign at CVS/pharmacy locations throughout the Boston area raised more than $650,000 in donations from customers.


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Hormel energizes snack category with high-protein wraps

BY Jason Owen

AUSTIN, Minn. — According to global polling firm Penn Schoen Berland, 90% of teens have one snack per day and 73% consume more than one snack per day. Seeing an opportunity to provide an alternative to empty-calorie snacks, Hormel Foods today announced a new protein-based snack wrap.

Hormel Rev Wraps are made with real meat and cheese, and contain 15 g of protein or more. Rev wraps come completely assembled, making them ideal for the busy consumer on-the-go.

"With snacking now known as the fourth meal occasion, the launch of Hormel Rev wraps continues our efforts to bring a unique and convenient meat-based protein into this fast growing category," said Steven J. Venenga, VP meat products marketing at Hormel Foods. "Our consumers told us they were interested in a protein-rich snack made with real ingredients that supports their families’ on-the-go lifestyle. To meet their need, we employed our expertise in meat to create this new Hormel Rev wraps product line."

Hormel Rev wraps come in single serve packages in eight varieties, including: pepperoni pizza, ham and cheese, peppered turkey, meat lovers pizza, Italian style ham, hot peppered ham, Italian style and spicy Italian style. A three pack of pepperoni pizza also is available.

Hormel Rev wraps are available in grocery stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $1.99-$2.39 for individuals and $5.49 – $5.99 for the three-pack unit.


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Biomed hires former specialty pharmacy exec as CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

SHARON HILL, Pa. — Biomed Pharmaceuticals has appointed Gaston Bernstein as CEO, the maker of injectable and intravenous drugs for patients with chronic disorders said.

As part of his appointment, Bernstein also has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Most recently, he worked for seven years at Coram Specialty Infusion Services, the pharmacy division of home healthcare company Apria Healthcare, serving as corporate VP industry relations and responsible for business development and relationships with drug makers. Before that, he was VP and general manager of CoramRx Specialty Pharmacy.

"The opportunity to contribute to the growth of an organization with a relentless focus on delivering the highest quality service to all patients, referral sources, payers and manufacturers is very gratifying to me," Bernstein said.

 

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