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Eastside Marketplace sold to Stop & Shop’s owner

BY Raven Romero

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – According to published reports, Eastside Marketplace, a Providence, R.I.,- grocery store, has been sold to a subsidiary of Ahold USA, which operates Stop & Shop stores.

The independent grocery store, a local leader in marketing organic, prepared and international foods, is being sold by Scott B. Laurans, who has been the owner since 1981.

Laurans told WPRI.com that he plans to keep the existing 168 employees and management in place, and will continue to operate the business as “Eastside Marketplace.”

“It’s great for our employees, great for our customers and the community at large to have one of the great retailers in the world make that long-term commitment to Rhode Island and Providence, in particular,” Laurans said.

Ahold USA operates four divisions: Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Carlisle and Giant Landover. The company has U.S. headquarters in Quincy, Mass., and Carlisle, Penn., and said it employed 117,000 people nationwide as of last year.
 

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Cardinal Health, NCPA co-host Health on the National Mall event in Washington

BY Raven Romero

WASHINGTON — Health on the National Mall, co-sponsored by Cardinal Health and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), showcased the expanding role pharmacists are playing in improving patient care.

The event was held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C., in front of the Capitol Building. It featured tents staffed by community pharmacists who shared insights into how patients can better manage common health issues and chronic conditions ranging from asthma and diabetes to heart health and weight management. There also was music and entertainment, free educational materials, healthy snacks and water.

Health on the National Mall highlighted the many ways community pharmacists, who are among the nation’s most trusted and accessible healthcare providers, can provide knowledgeable, accessible patient care services that improve the overall health of the communities they serve.
 
“Community pharmacists play a critical role in helping patients achieve better health outcomes,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “This is particularly true in rural communities where the independent community pharmacist may be the only provider for many miles around. NCPA is proud to partner with Cardinal Health on this event to increase public awareness about how pharmacists help millions of Americans every day.”

Health on the National Mall is part of Cardinal Health’s annual Retail Business Conference, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of community pharmacists, which this year expects to welcome nearly 8,000 attendees.
 

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Reports: Three states file suit against makers of 5-Hour Energy

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Three states are suing the makers of 5-Hour Energy for false claims, according to published reports. Oregon, Washington and Vermont have all filed suit and more states are expected to join in.

The state of Oregon maintains that the energy drink brand violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act by making misleading claims about products, including false claims about special ingredients.

“This lawsuit is about requiring truth in advertising,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum in a statement. “Plainly and simply, in Oregon you cannot promote a product as being effective if you don’t have sufficient evidence to back up your advertising claims.”

Washington and Vermont reflected similar views in their suits, according to reports. 5-Hour Energy is distributed by Living Essentials and is marketed as a liquid energy shot that is meant to keep consumers alert.
 

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