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Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle offer pet medications

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Two supermarket chains owned by Royal Ahold are dispensing prescription pet drugs at their stores, they said Wednesday.

Stop & Shop announced Wednesday a new pet medications program, which it is offering under a partnership with pet pharmacy PetCareRx. The program includes three popular prescription drugs for pets that had previously only been available from veterinarians and online vet pharmacy providers, including Heartguard Plus, Rimadyl and Frontline Plus. If customers can’t fill drugs at a local store, the pharmacist will work with PetCareRx to fill and ship the drug directly to their home address within two or three days.

Another Ahold chain, Giant-Carlisle, is offering a similar program, also under a partnership with PetCareRx.

"At Stop & Shop, we recognize that pets are members of the family, and their health and well-being are of great importance to our customers," Stop & Shop New England division public and community relations manager Suzi Robinson said. "We’re pleased to offer this great convenience for shoppers to pick up prescriptions for their pets when they pick up prescriptions for others in their family."


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Burt’s Bees enhances Lip Shimmers collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Burt’s Bees has enhanced its Lip Shimmer with antioxidant-rich fruit seed oils and moisturizing shea butter, and also has updated the shade range.

The 100% natural formula still features the signature cool burst of peppermint oil. The shade range has been updated in keeping with color trends and includes three new shades: cherry, plum and strawberry. The full range includes 12 shades: radiance, champagne, peony, caramel, guava, strawberry, watermelon, rhubarb, cherry, fig, raisin and plum.

Lip Shimmers retail for $4.99 each. The formula is free of petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate. The product is not tested on animals.

 

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FDA warns consumers, healthcare professionals about fake Adderall

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A counterfeit version of a Teva Pharmaceutical Industries attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy drug is circulating online, regulators warned Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement warning consumers and healthcare professionals that a fake versions of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) tablets in the 30-mg strength are being sold on the Internet.

The agency said the drug contained the wrong active ingredients, errors on the packaging and pills that are the wrong color. The counterfeit pills, which an FDA lab test found to contain the painkillers acetaminophen and tramadol, are white, while genuine Adderall pills are an orange-peach color.

Genuine Adderall is currently in short supply due to pharmaceutical ingredient supply problems, though Teva is continuing to release the drug as it becomes available, the FDA said. The agency warned that consumers should be "extra cautious" when buying medicines from online sources, as rogue websites and distributors tend to target medicines in short supply.


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