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Fruth Pharmacy and West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute Partner to Spread the Word about Medication Safety

Lynne Fruth films a promotion spot for Rex™ the RX, Don’t Keep Rex Around™ medication safety program.

August 20— The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII), Inc. and Fruth Pharmacy have partnered to spread the word about medication safety during the months of August and September 2020. The two organizations have launched a medication safety initiative for families and young children using the Institute’s Don’t Keep Rex Around™ Medication Safety Program.

The goal is to help educate Fruth customers and families of young children about the dangers prescription medications can pose in the home.

“After working with The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, we realized our pharmacists would be the best line of defense to help train people on how to dispose of unused or expired medications properly. It is our community responsibility to help remove drugs from homes where children and other at-high-risk persons may have access and be harmed. Fruth Pharmacy is committed to help educate students and their families on medication safety and disposal,”
Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy shared.

The campaign will take place August 24, 2020 through September 30, 2020 and will include the distribution of medication disposal bags and counseling from Fruth pharmacists on proper medication disposal in 29 Fruth locations throughout West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Activity sheets and coloring pages will be available for children, including a coloring contest sponsored by Fruth Pharmacy. In addition, WV DII medication safety ambassador, Rex the Rx™ will air LIVE on August 28 with special guest, Fruth Pharmacy President, Lynne Fruth. This live program will share special messages about medication safety for families throughout the tri-state area. The program will air live at 3pm and can be viewed at: www.wvdii.org.

Created by WV DII President, Dr. Susan Bissett and CEO of Murphy Media, Joe Murphy, the program uses a live-action, real time generated, cartoon avatar (a pill bottle) named Rex™ to help educate young children about the importance of not touching medication without the help of a trusted adult and to never share medications. The program has been delivered to pre-k and kindergarten classrooms in five WV counties this past year. However, with schools shuttered due to COVID-19, the WV DII is taking a new approach bringing Rex™ to Fruth Pharmacy and LIVE online to share the importance of medication safety.

“During this time of social distancing and stay at home orders, families are closer in proximity than ever before,” explained Dr. Susan Bissett, WV DII President. “Life is disrupted and medications may be more accessible to small children. We are taking this opportunity to educate families about medication safety and proper storage of medication.”

Data released by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse in April 2018 reported a 93% annual increase in unintentional prescription medication exposure among children 5 and younger. The report also indicated that 9 of 10 unintentional childhood poisonings occur at home. In addition, poison control centers receive an average of 32 calls a day for children exposed to opioids—60% of those calls are for children under 5 years of age. And, 48% of all
pediatric medication exposures are from grandparents’ medications. You can learn more about the program by visiting: www.wvdii.org/rex.

About the WV DII
The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) at the University of Charleston is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the WV DII is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies, and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction. The Institute is
housed at the University of Charleston in West Virginia’s state capital and is designed to: identify and assess best practices through research and data analysis, provide education programs on prescription drug safety, collaborate with municipalities and agencies to promote best practices to prevent overdose deaths, advocate for policies that promote educational and employment opportunities for those in recovery, and identify and implement prevention
strategies.

About the Don’t Keep Rx Around™ Medication Safety Program
Co-created by WV DII president, Dr. Susan Bissett and Joe Murphy, CEO of Murphy Media in 2017, the Don’t Keep Rx Around™ Medication Safety Program is a curriculum and public health campaign that utilizes evidence-based practices to teach medication safety to pre-k and kindergarten students throughout West Virginia. Using an animated character developed by Murphy Media, Rex™ the Rx, WV DII staff visit elementary classrooms across the state to talk to children about medication safety. This innovative approach to educating students about the dangers of misusing prescription medications provides opportunities for both in classroom and distance education and is based on WV Pre-K Education Standards. In addition to the presentation and interactive media, the WV DII provides each school with curricular materials and allotment of medication disposal systems. To date over 4,000 pre-k students in six counties have been educated through the Don’t Keep Rx Around™ Medication Safety School-Based Program. Due to COVID-19, WV DII worked with Murphy Media to reengineer the program to a virtual platform reaching over 40,000 households in 13 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in Spring 2020. We are planning to continue both school-based and online engagement in the coming academic year.

About Fruth Pharmacy
Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company serving the tri-state area of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy has been in business since 1952 and has grown to 30 locations.

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The Putnam County Health Department has been notified of two positive COVID-19 test results for two employees at Fruth Pharmacy in Eleanor

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (August 7, 2020) – The Putnam County Health Department has been notified of two positive COVID-19 test results for two employees at Fruth Pharmacy in Eleanor.  Those who tested positive have been placed in isolation.  Fruth Pharmacy was closed to the public on Friday to complete all health and safety procedures established for COVID-19. As an essential business, Fruth Pharmacy will continue to operate curbside, delivery, and drive-thru services.  All items will be available for purchase including prescriptions, grocery, household items, paper goods, cleaning supplies, over-the-counter medications, and more. Fruth Pharmacy will continue to clean and sanitize hourly and will remain in contact with the Putnam County Health Department. The decision to close the facility for deep cleaning was entirely Fruth Pharmacy’s decision and not mandated by the Putnam County Health Department.  Fruth Pharmacy will be open regular hours on Saturday, August 8th. Fruth Pharmacy encourages everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a face covering when in public, and handwashing or using hand-sanitizer.

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Fruth Pharmacy Welcomes New Florist Bailey Petrie

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (August 7, 2020) –

Bailey Petrie

Fruth Pharmacy recently welcomed new florist Bailey Petrie to Fruth Pharmacy in Point Pleasant.

“I love being a florist because I get to help people and make their day better with flowers,” Petrie explained about her new position.

“I like being able to create a beautiful arrangement with flowers – every project is unique and different,” Petrie stated, “flowers are universal gifts that can be given for any occasion.”

Petrie has appreciated getting to know Fruth Pharmacy customers and helping create arrangements for many different events.  She has created arrangements for smiles and floral gifts to honor a loved one during a funeral.  One of her favorite requests are special bouquets for the “just because” moments.

Petrie’s favorite flowers are peonies and she likes pastel pinks.  She can design an arrangement with a variety of flowers and colors with fresh or silk floral.  She can create wreaths, lanterns, planters, and other floral decorations.

Please stop in or call 304-675-2303 for all your floral needs.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company serving the tri-state area of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Fruth Pharmacy has been in business since 1952 and has grown to 30 locations.

 

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Andy Becker Promoted to Vice-President of Pharmacy

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (July 29, 2020) – Fruth Pharmacy is pleased to announce Andrew “Andy” Becker has been promoted to Vice-President of Pharmacy for Fruth Pharmacy.

Becker has been with Fruth Pharmacy for almost 4 years.

In addition to his previous duties, Becker’s promotion will include all aspects of the practice of pharmacy at Fruth, including management of the IT department, Point of Sale, 340B program, strategic planning, and data analytics.

“Andy will be working more closely with Drew Massey, Director of Pharmacy Operations, to help drive several initiatives this year,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy explained in regards to Becker’s new role at Fruth, “He will focus on Medication Synchronization and implementing a compliance packaging option for patients with multiple medications.”

Becker’s skill set has benefited Fruth Pharmacy in several ways.  He is a pharmacist with expertise on data analysis.  He has completed extensive analysis around Medicaid reimbursement, purchasing opportunities, and 340B contracts.

Becker has additionally impacted Fruth Pharmacy with data driven decisions and working with the leadership team on a differentiation strategy that supports Fruth’s customer needs that will secure Fruth Pharmacy additional Rx volume.

“I am looking forward to being integral to our strategies of growing the company and addressing the complex pharmacy issues facing the industry today,” Becker commented on his promotion, “Fruth Pharmacy continues to be a nimble organization and implements changes quickly.  This allows Fruth to navigate the current complex retail pharmacy environment, adapt our operations and strategize for the future landscape,” Becker concluded.

“Andy’s ability to perform data analysis in many areas have helped Fruth remain competitive.  He has extensive knowledge around the pharmacy industry and the issues that pharmacies are facing.  Andy is a great team player,” Fruth completed about why she chose Becker for the promotion.

“I would like to thank my wife and son for their support and the Fruth employees for their commitment and hard work,” Becker stated.

Becker currently lives in Hurricane, WV with his wife Brandi and their son Kyle.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company serving the tri-state area of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Fruth Pharmacy has been in business since 1952 and has grown to 30 locations.

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Stacie Ferrell Joins Fruth Pharmacy

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (June 8, 2020) – Stacie Ferrell recently joined Fruth Pharmacy as Human Resources Manager.  Stacie first began her interest in Human Resources in high school when she was a co-op at GKN Sinter Metals during her junior and senior years of high school.

Stacie studied business classes during high school and was part of Future Business Leaders of America.

“I enjoyed learning the ins/outs of how businesses operate; not only the end-product but everything that leads up to it from a personnel stand-point. Having quality employees that feel valued is as important as producing a quality product or providing high-quality customer service.  Every day in HR is a challenge, but very rewarding,” Stacie shared about her career choice.

After graduating high school, Stacie continued to work at GKN until her son was born; she took some time off to focus on family.  A couple of years after her son was born, her career path took her back to GKN as the HR Generalist.  She worked in that position for over 9 years.

“I was looking for a new position due to salary staff restructure; I was hoping for an HR position and prayed for something close to home.  The role at Fruth Pharmacy provided both,” Stacie stated when asked why she chose to leave GKN.

Beginning a new job is a stressful situation; Stacie had to begin her career with Fruth Pharmacy in the middle of a pandemic.

“Beginning a new job in Human Resources during a pandemic is at a different level.  Due to the ongoing changes/additions to regulations, I had to read a lot of news, listen to briefings, and attend online learning sessions to stay current so I could share accurate information and answer questions correctly,” Stacie addressed the issue of COVID-19 during her transition to Fruth Pharmacy, “since my job began during the pandemic, face masks, hand sanitizer, daily calls and emails asking for guidance, is the norm for me.”

“Joining Fruth has been an easy transition – I don’t feel like the ‘new kid’ – each and every employee that I’ve spoken with has treated me as if I’ve been here for years and that I belong,” Stacie said about her time spent here at Fruth, “Teresa had a positive impact for the HR department and I want to continue on that path of improvement.  I want to get to know the employees and listen to their concerns and provide assistance in any way I can,” she concluded.

Stacie will celebrate her 1-year anniversary to husband Chuck on July 4th this year.  Their blended family includes 4 boys: Connor, age 5; Caleb, age 8; Chase, age 10, and Dylan, age 16.  Stacie is a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and resides in Point Pleasant with her family.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned business serving the tri-state region of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Fruth has been in business since 1952.

 

 

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Dola Stone Bids Farewell to Fruth after 35 Years

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (May 5, 2020) – Dola Stone began her career in pharmacy in the late 1940’s working for local Nitro pharmacist, “Doc” Temple.

When “Doc” Temple asked Dola’s sister-in-law if she knew of anyone that could help around the store, she recommended Dola.  Dola went to work right away.  She had no training.  Everything she learned, she learned on the job.  “Doc” Temple’s store was an old-fashioned pharmacy – complete with soda fountain.

There was history between “Doc” Temple’s store and Fruth before Fruth purchased what was later known as Nitro Drug.  Dola recounted how “Doc” Temple at one time, during an extended family vacation, had asked a young Jack Fruth to fill-in as pharmacist.  Unfortunately, Jack Fruth was unable to do so, as he had not yet received his pharmacy license.  If Mr. Fruth had been able to fill-in, Dola would have worked beside him before later taking a position at his pharmacy.

In 1984, long after Mr. Fruth had earned his license and began his business, Fruth Pharmacy purchased Nitro Drug.  Dola called up Mr. Fruth and asked him for an application to work at the store.  He put her in touch with the correct person and she was hired.  Later, Mr. Fruth called Dola and some of the other women hired at the store and asked them to stock shelves before opening day.  Dola truly was with Nitro Fruth Pharmacy from its very beginning.

Dola, due to health concerns, retired as a pharmacy technician in February after 35 years with Fruth Pharmacy.  She is 91 years old.

“Dola raised a lot of us,” Shelly Hodges, Pharmacist at Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro, shared. “She is the pharmacy technician that every student or fill-in pharmacist wanted to work with – she had a strong work ethic.  She showed up early, rarely missed work and was productive her entire shift.”

“I taught Shelly how to work the registers,” Dola shared about the Nitro pharmacist, “I have worked with many wonderful people at Fruth – and very kind people.”

Shelly had some stories to share about Dola.  A few of her favorite stores were: “When I was a young intern, a customer came in wanting ammonia to put in Coke to drink.  I thought that would be a terrible idea. Dola stepped in and said they used to make ammonia Cokes all the time when she worked the fountain in “Doc” Temple’s store.  Another time, an older gentleman came in wanting something for “the piles” – I was clueless until Dola informed me that was an old-timer’s way of referring to hemorrhoids.  We’ve had a lot of good laughs together over the years,” Shelly concluded.

“My customers were always special to me, we had a group that used to come in every morning to visit,” Dola recalled, “I would make sure to put coffee on for them early each morning.  I’ve had pleasant memories and unpleasant memories, but I would tell the kids, these patients are your paycheck, you have to be nice, you have to put things in perspective about the customer or patient and what they may be going through when they come to your counter.”

“We’ve always taken care of older people,” Dola continued, “Nitro is an old town.  Before Fruth started delivery service, a few of us at the store used to personally deliver items to the elderly.  Nitro has a great community feeling and Fruth Pharmacy is family oriented, it was a pleasure working for both my community and Fruth Pharmacy.”

When asked if she had a favorite memory to share, Dola exclaimed, “Yes – my 90th birthday party!  Shelly or Todd may have bought me a birthday cake almost every year, but the entire staff held a surprise party for my 90th birthday and it was beyond sweet.  It was so very nice of them to do…my birthday is Christmas Eve.  They were able to hide the surprise by asking me to bring a dish for a Christmas Eve party – so I brought a covered dish to my own birthday party.”

“We love Dola and miss her already,” Shelly stated, “She is family to us.  She taught us so much.  She was there when I walked in after finishing my first year of pharmacy school 31 years ago.”

Dola plans to spend her retirement living a quiet simple life.  If you would like to send a message to Dola, please send cards or letters to: Dola Stone, C/O Fruth Pharmacy, 101 21st Street, Nitro, WV 25143.

 

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Matt Greene Finds Lynne Fruth

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (April 7, 2020) – From Mid-November to December 31st, Fruth Pharmacy’s President goes missing!  Fruth asks customers to go on the hunt and find Lynne Fruth for a chance to win several prizes.  Smaller prizes are given away during the event.  At the end of the “Find Lynne Fruth” event, six overall winners are chosen for a $100 Fruth Gift Card.

Matt Greene from Huntington, WV was one of those winners.  Greene “Found Lynne Fruth” at Fruth Pharmacy on Camden Road in Huntington, WV.

Gift card winners were: Paula Ward of Charleston, WV; Betsy Weaver of Pomeroy, OH; Karen Burns of Bidwell, OH; Roger Mason of Crown City, Ohio; and Loretta Hatcher of Kenna, WV.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company with 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Fruth has been in business since November of 1952.

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Paula Ward Finds Lynne Fruth

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (April 7, 2020) – From Mid-November to December 31st, Fruth Pharmacy’s President goes missing!  Fruth asks customers to go on the hunt and find Lynne Fruth for a chance to win several prizes.  Smaller prizes are given away during the event.  At the end of the “Find Lynne Fruth” event, six overall winners are chosen for a $100 Fruth Gift Card.

Paula Ward from Charleston, WV was one of those winners.  Ward “Found Lynne Fruth” at Fruth Pharmacy on Lee Street in Downtown Charleston.

Gift card winners were: Matt Greene of Charleston, WV; Betsy Weaver of Pomeroy, OH; Karen Burns of Bidwell, OH; Roger Mason of Crown City, Ohio; and Loretta Hatcher of Kenna, WV.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company with 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Fruth has been in business since November of 1952.

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Fruth Pharmacy Offers Curbside Service

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (March 31, 2020) – In an executive decision, Fruth Pharmacy determined in order to better protect customers and employees, to offer curbside pickup.

“We have been discussing curbside pickup; we were already in the works to establish curbside pickup with an online ordering addition to our website. COVID-19 motivated us to put our curbside plan into action earlier,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy shared.

“In these unprecedented times, in the wake of this pandemic, our employees began discussing and composing plans in order to better serve our customers and staff,” Fruth continued, “I’m proud of our leadership team who worked quickly to put plans into motion to add this new service.”

“Employees were contacted overnight and given procedures to implement the next morning,” Fruth continued, “I cannot thank our staff at store level enough for stepping up to meet this objective and providing this service, especially for our vulnerable patients who may have compromised immune systems and need to remain in their car for their safety.”

To take advantage of curbside pickup, please call your local Fruth Pharmacy ahead of pickup time, to place an order. Curbside orders may include prescriptions, grocery items, over-the-counter medications, paper/household goods, cleaning supplies, candy, gifts, and more.  If you are not sure what is available, please ask a Fruth associate.  You may also view Fruth Pharmacy’s ad online at www.fruthpharmacy.com.  In select areas, drive-thru service is also available.  Fruth Pharmacy stores will remain open for patients and customers that need to come inside to choose items or for other services.  Immunization services may also be provided at curbside for those patients who need flu, pneumonia, or a hepatitis shot.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company with 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Fruth has been in business since November of 1952.

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Fruth Pharmacy to Say Goodbye to Teresa Stapleton

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (March 10, 2020) – Teresa Stapleton began her career in Human Resources in 1991 with Kermit Coal Company in Kermit, WV.

Growing up, Teresa always thought she would be a nurse.  Her father was an elementary school principal and he was confident she needed to pursue a career in education.  Her brothers both worked in the coal industry.  Rather than going to nursing school, or pursuing a career in education, she accepted an entry level position in the coal industry.  During this time, Teresa embraced every opportunity to take on new challenges and was quickly promoted into roles that introduced her and allowed her to fall in love with a job in Human Resources.

“From an early age, I was taught my priorities were my faith, my family, and then my career,” Teresa began, explaining her career choice, “working in Human Resources allowed me to intertwine my faith and my career.  My heart has always been to help people and I have been so blessed by having a career that would allow me to fulfill this passion,” she concluded.

In 2014, Teresa’s career took a turn in another direction.  The division she worked for in the coal industry was sold.  She was offered a transfer to another division within the company which would have required relocation.  Instead of accepting the transfer, she elected to leave the organization and pursue other options.  She began her career with Fruth Pharmacy on August 5, 2014.

“My husband’s career was also in the coal industry,” Teresa explained, “due to the decline in the coal industry at the time, I elected to pursue a job outside of that industry.  My job search led me to Fruth Pharmacy where I have had the honor of finishing my career in Human Resources.”

During Teresa’s tenure at Fruth, she helped establish the Red Vest Award.  The Red Vest Award recognizes employees that go above and beyond their normal job duties to assist in saving someone’s life.

“One thing that was probably the most rewarding, was the implementation of the Red Vest Award that was created by our HR Team,” Teresa shared, “Being a small part of saying a big ‘Thank You’, to our employees for truly making a difference in the life of some of our customers and our own employees is the true reason I love HR!”

There are many things Teresa will miss about her career at Fruth Pharmacy.

“I have had the honor of working with employees that have truly impacted my life in so many ways! My life is richer by having the opportunity to be a part of this organization,” she concluded.

Teresa’s husband recently retired in December of 2019.  Upon her retirement, Teresa and her husband plan to spend more time at their cabin and lake enjoying time with their family.  Teresa also hopes to have more time to devote and serve to her church.

Currently, Teresa’s retirement date is not set.  She is planning on retiring in April once a replacement has been found.

 

 

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