Fruth Pharmacy Customers and Business Partners Help with WV Flood Relief

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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (July 7, 2016) – On Friday, July 1st, a box truck full of donations from Fruth Pharmacy customers and employees left for areas affected by the recent flooding.

There were so many donations, that not all of them could fit on the truck for the first delivery.

After the flooding occurred, Amy Nelson, Gift Category Manager for Fruth Pharmacy, very quickly began bringing Fruth Pharmacy into action.  She called each store location and had donation boxes set-up.  She and other Fruth category managers began calling business partners for assistance as well.  Signs were posted in-store and requests began flooding social media.

Current and retired employees volunteered their time to drive donations to flood-affected areas.  Stover Trucking also offered its services to help drive donations.

Customers that didn’t know what to purchase, requested to be able to donate funds for purchasing of supplies.  Fruth Pharmacy’s Point of Sale staff created a special UPC for monetary donations.  This enabled Fruth to keep track of exactly how much money was collected to help purchase more needed supplies.  Over $5,000 was collected across the 29-location family-owned chain.

Business partner, Heinrich Paper Supply Company, arrived during this week with a truck from their company with another $4,000 worth of clean-up supplies.

 

In addition to helping bring supplies in for clean-up, donations for children and pets of the flooded areas are also currently being sought.

Grant Butler and Carol Reinbold of Genetco helped Fruth Pharmacy donate thousands of dollars worth of antibiotics and 2 nebulizers to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association for flood affected area pets.

“So many pets were displaced or lost during the flooding.  To lots of people, pets are part of their family.  For these animals that have been rescued we felt there was a great need in assisting in their care.  Watching a family that has lost everything being reunited with a pet is heartwarming.  Reuniting with a pet brings back hope and normalcy to a family.  That is a big deal during this time.  Fruth Pharmacy felt it was important to contribute to these efforts of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association,” shared Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

“Fruth Pharmacy has gone above and beyond to ensure that KCHA is able to care for local pets that have been displaced by flooding. Because of this donation, these animals will receive the care that they need and deserve,” said KCHA Director of Development, Jessie Shafer. “We are extremely grateful for Fruth’s support during this trying time.”

Fruth Pharmacy’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Category Manager Barbara Taylor, also has been hard at work gathering first-aid supplies for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA).  The first shipment included first-aid kits and hand sanitizer.  339 cases of OTC products will be arriving directly to Scott Depot, WV for first responders and volunteers to pick up and distribute to the flood victims.

Nelson is also helping collect for a toy and book drive for the children affected by the flooding.  Another trailer full of donations will leave Fruth’s warehouse in Point Pleasant, this Friday, July 8th.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 29 stores in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.

 

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Fruth Pharmacy Now Has Naloxone

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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (July 7, 2016) – Fruth Pharmacy is now carrying Naloxone.  Naloxone, also known by the brand-name Narcan, is a safe and effective medication that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

You can purchase Naloxone from Fruth Pharmacy now in Ohio.  By the end of July, all Fruth Pharmacy West Virginia locations will also be able to dispense Naloxone.

In both, Ohio and West Virginia, any customer can come to the pharmacy and request to purchase Naloxone.  There is no requirement or proof of need for the customer to disclose to the pharmacy.

“It is a new tool for those with loved ones who have an addiction,” Lynne Fruth explained, “for the parent or spouse who is worried about their family member experiencing an overdose one-day, it is a back-up plan to possibly prevent an overdose from causing death.  When purchasing Naloxone, a customer must be trained on its use.”

“There is a stigma that people will rush out and buy Naloxone and keep on abusing drugs.  It’s not as simple as that,” Tim Weber, Vice President of Pharmacy for Fruth Pharmacy shared, “persons who choose to buy Naloxone are most likely desperate friends or family members worried they will be the one to find their loved one in a life-threatening situation from overdose.  Naloxone works by attaching to the same parts of the brain that react to heroin and other opioids and blocks the opioids for up to 90 minutes to reverse the respiratory depression that would otherwise lead to death from overdose.  This gives family time to call emergency personnel, which is required by law after administration of Naloxone, and essential for proper treatment.  A person who is given Naloxone may be spared death but it is a very painful experience – akin to experiencing full-blown withdrawal symptoms within this timeframe.”

For customers that would like to purchase Naloxone, you may pay the cash price or your insurance plan may have coverage for the product.  There are 3 versions of Naloxone and coverage varies from plan to plan, depending on which version, if any, are covered by the customer’s plan.

Pharmacies in both Ohio and West Virginia must fulfill the request in the same manner as they would fulfill any prescription and are required to provide the customer with information on Naloxone, treatment options, and device training at dispensing.

Naloxone is a safe and easy-to-use product that can save a life; however, it is not a substitute for emergency care.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 29 stores in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.

 

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Fruth Pharmacy Donates OTC Supplies to Utila Cays

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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (July 7, 2016) – On April 22nd, Robert Crockett used the online donation request on Fruth Pharmacy’s website to seek help providing over-the-counter medications to the people of Utila Cays – an area located 25 miles off the coast of La Ceiba, Honduras.

Crockett first became involved with helping the island’s people, thanks to his sister, a dental assistant who also had medical experience in assisting doctors for surgeries, delivery babies, and more. She often traveled and volunteered her services to areas with little or no medical care.  His sister has since passed away and now he, his fiancée, children, and step-daughters continue to follow-in her footsteps.

When Crockett sent the message, it was received by Melanie Sherman, Advertising/Graphic Specialist for Fruth Pharmacy.  Sherman proceeded to contact the appropriate parties and see if there was a way Fruth Pharmacy could help.

Barbara Taylor, OTC Category Manager for Fruth Pharmacy soon was on the hunt and began contacting stores and vendors for surplus products and donations.  Taylor was able to gather much needed supplies for the Crocketts to take to Utila.

“We had three suitcases full of medicines and bandages, thanks to Fruth Pharmacy,” Crockett shared, “it was an adventure for two people to drag 6 bags across the country: one car, three planes, four airports, two hotels, a tuk tuk taxi, a long walk through gravel, and one boat later we were able to finally get the supplies to the Cays!”

Crockett with the help of others was also able to deliver $900 in cash that will help sponsor 18 children through one-year of school.

“We would like to say ‘thank-you’ to the Fruth family and employees for helping us, help these people!  We are thankful that you are a wonderful corporation and a steward of health and humanity,” Crockett closed.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 29 stores in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.

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Tim Weber, Vice President of Fruth Pharmacy, Named Finalist for 2016 Next-Generation Pharmacist®

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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (July 7, 2016) – On June 20th, Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems, founding partners of the Next-Generation Pharmacist® awards announced finalists for the 2016 competition. Next-Generation Pharmacist is the industry’s leading national awards program, recognizing outstanding pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates.

Tim Weber, Vice President of Pharmacy for Fruth Pharmacy is a finalist in the category of Civic Leader.

Tim was nominated by Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy and Drew Massey, Fruth Pharmacy Clinical Services Coordinator.

“Tim has served with our company for over 4 years now, and during that time he has helped propel Fruth into many community heath initiative projects,” Fruth, explained about her nomination, “Tim was instrumental in bringing the product Nexafed® to our attention.  This product is a meth deterrent product.  We have since replaced items in our stores with an equivalent product that cannot be turned into meth.  It is our goal to help cut back meth production in the state of West Virginia.  Tim has also been the lead on syringe exchange programs, pet medication donations, and more.”

“It’s an honor to be nominated and selected as a finalist,” Weber began, “I am humbled that both Lynne and Drew chose to nominate me, and further humbled to be selected as a finalist.  To be considered as a “next-generation” leader is exciting and motivating for me.

Finalists will be recognized for their contributions and celebrated by pharmacy leaders at the annual “Innovation and Inspiration” themed gala August 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 29 stores in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.

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Fruth Pharmacy Unveils Red Vest Awards

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (June 2, 2016) – Due to heroic acts this past year by employees, Fruth Pharmacy has decided to create a special award – the Red Vest Award.  This award will be publicly displayed on the recipient.  Staff will be awarded with an actual red vest and a lapel pin with the vest symbol.

Employees who have performed life-saving measures and who are nominated through an extensive process will be receiving the Red Vest Award.  Corporate personnel wanted the award to be a visual award, so Fruth employees, customers, and patients will easily be able to identify an employee that has gone above and beyond for a patient’s health and well being.

Stores in both Athens and Pomeroy, Ohio have employees that have qualified this year for this new, special recognition.  Employees will also receive a certificate for display, as well as have their name placed on a group award at the corporate office under the “Red Vest Club”.  This award is planned to be an annual award given at the Fruth Employee Service Awards Banquet held each fall.

When Rebecca Church, an employee at Fruth Pharmacy in Athens, stooped to pick up a customer’s keys – she had no idea she soon would be calling emergency personnel.

Church noticed something was not right with the customer.  She asked him to sit down on a bench to talk with her.  He dropped his keys about 10 times.  Eventually, she was able to get the keys out of his reach.  As she continued to talk to him, his speech became unintelligible.  She quickly called for an ambulance.

The emergency squad arrived and EMTs strongly urged the patient to go to the hospital.  Later that evening, Fruth Pharmacy received a call from the patient’s wife letting the employees know he had been life-flighted to Columbus.  He had been suffering from a massive stroke.  The wife had called to thank the person who had helped to save her husband’s life.

Kathy Searls, pharmacy cashier and delivery person, for Fruth Pharmacy in Pomeroy, had difficulty getting an answer from a regular customer.  Normally, the customer was waiting on Kathy to deliver her order.  Kathy observed there were several days’ mail in the mailbox and that the television was playing inside.  Kathy banged on the door, walked around the house, and called out several times.  There was no response.  Kathy returned to the store, worried.  She told a fellow employee, Debra Shelton, about the unusual circumstances.  Debra, a pharmacy technician, happened to know the customer’s hairdresser and contacted her.  The hairdresser was able to contact the customer’s landlord, who then called police.  When police entered the unit, the customer was laying in the bathtub.  She had been there for almost 3 days!  She heard Kathy knocking but had been too weak to call out for help.  The customer was very grateful that Kathy and Debra had shown concern and tried to contact her through additional means.

“We are hearing more and more stories like this from our employees,” Teresa Stapleton, Human Resources Manager for Fruth Pharmacy shared. “Employees who earn this award exemplify Mr. Fruth’s legacy of giving back to the community. This is what sets Fruth apart from our competitors.”

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 63 years.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 29 stores in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com to find a location.

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