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Fruth Pharmacy Employees Donate to Mason County Baby Pantry

Pictured left to right: Andy Becker, Vice-President of Pharmacy; John Galvan, Vice-President of Operations; Steve Gum, CFO; and Jassica Legg with donations for The Mason County Baby Pantry.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (January 8, 2021) – Fruth Pharmacy corporate employees helped donate to a children’s Christmas gift program through The Mason County Baby Pantry.  In 2019, The Mason County Baby Pantry helped 280 kids have Christmas.  For 2020, 430 kids were helped.

“There was an increased need in the area this year due to COVID-19,” Jassica Legg shared, “some parents are out of work and others have had additional expenses to help keep their families safe during the pandemic.”

The Mason County Baby Pantry asks for people who want to help, to try to provide one outfit, a pair of shoes, and something fun for a child to have at Christmastime.  Those donating are asked to put each child’s donation into a plastic bag for the Mason County Baby Pantry to check the items on the list and later wrap before distributing the presents to the children.

Fruth Pharmacy corporate employees decide on a local organization to help each Christmas in the Mason County or surrounding area.

If you would like to help The Mason County Baby Pantry for next year’s Christmas or help with another initiative, please contact Jassica Mcbp Legg through Facebook.

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.

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Fruth Pharmacy Offers Free COVID-19 Testing

Fruth Pharmacy is now offering free COVID-19 testing. Patients can get their tests in the drive-thru or curbside pick-up areas.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (October 13, 2020) – On Friday, October 9th, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced a partnership with Fruth Pharmacy for COVID-19 testing.

For those interested in a free COVID-19 test, please register for your test ahead of time on www.doineedacovid19test.com.  The patient wanting a test will need to complete information on this website and it will create a voucher.  The patient will need to bring the voucher either printed on paper or be able to show the voucher on a cell phone during appointment.

If the Fruth Pharmacy location has a drive-thru, the patient will take the COVID-19 test in the drive-thru area.  If the Fruth Pharmacy location does not have a drive-thru, the patient will use the Curbside Pick-Up Area.  The patient will call the number on the Curbside sign and a Fruth Pharmacy staff member will bring the test out to the patient’s car. A Fruth Pharmacy staff member will walk patients through the self-administered test.

There is no charge to the patient for this test.

Tests are also available at Fruth Pharmacy locations in Ohio, including Gallipolis and Pomeroy locations.  You do not have to take the test in the state you live. For example: If you live in Gallipolis you can take the test in the drive-thru at the Point Pleasant location.

For more information, please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com and click the link for COVID-19 testing information or you may call your local 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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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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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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Fruth Pharmacy Begins 5th Annual Baby Face Event

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (March 9, 2020) – Fruth Pharmacy will soon begin its 5th Annual Baby Face Event. Fruth Pharmacy’s Baby Face Event helps provide supplies for area baby organizations.

There are two ways you can help area baby organizations. You can donate a needed baby supply to your local Fruth Pharmacy, or you can enter your child for a chance to win 1 of 4 photography packages. Out of all entries, four winners will be chosen to be a Mister or Miss Fruth. Mister and Miss Fruth photos will be used in upcoming advertising for 2020-2021 marketing year. Children must be ages 0-36 months to participate and must register with a $10 non-refundable donation to a store’s organization of choice. A list of organizations supported by this event and full rules and details are available on fruthpharmacy.com.

Fruth Pharmacy full format stores (24) will begin collecting supplies on March 1st – April 30th, 2020. Photo entries for the Baby Face Event must be taken at Fruth Pharmacy on April 4th from 11 am – close for the chance to be Mister or Miss Fruth. Stores will have alternate photo days on their Easter Bunny photography day. Easter Bunny schedules are available on the community calendar on fruthpharmacy.com. Photo entries must be taken at a Fruth Pharmacy and only on the designated dates. No entries will be accepted from outside photographers and additional dates will not be available.

Last year, Fruth Pharmacy’s generous customers and communities supported baby organizations like Lily’s Place of Huntington, The Gabriel Project in WV, Elizabeth’s Hope in Ohio, and more.

Mister and Miss Fruths for 2019 were Graceyn White, daughter of Terry and Danielle White of Culloden, West Virginia; Shannon Montgomery, daughter of Wes and Tabithia Montgomery of Vinton, Ohio; Everett Skidmore, son of Chelsey Fellure and Keith Skidmore of Vinton, Ohio; and Zayn Sheppard, son of Bernadette and Steve Holbert of Elizabeth, West Virginia.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy will celebrate 68 years in business this November.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the 5th Annual Baby Event was cancelled.

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Meet Hammer – Fruth Introduces New Canine to Be Featured in Ads

Fruth introduces Hammer, 2019 K9 Event contest winner.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (December 26, 2019) – In August, Fruth Pharmacy held a photo event contest on Facebook to find the “Top Dog” and help raise funds for local law enforcement officers and their K9 units. This was the first year the contest was held.

Fruth Pharmacy would like to introduce the winner of the photography contest, Hammer Isaiah.

On Facebook, Hammer Isaiah’s photo won, with over 80 votes at time of voting closure. Hammer is a 1-year old Boston Terrier belonging to Megan Dunfee of Point Pleasant, WV.

Hammer won a special photography package and a $100 Fruth Gift Card for being named “Top Dog”.

Hammer’s photos will be used throughout the year as he helps advertise pet products and services available for Fruth Pharmacy customers.

For the photo contest, dog owners could submit any number of entries for a $5 donation to their local K9 unit.  (Each photo was counted as a separate entry.)  Photos were posted on Facebook and the dog’s photo with the most likes was named “Top Dog”.  Over 130 entries were received.  A kid’s electric car was also raffled to raise funds and Fruth held a special shopping day where 10% of pet product sales would go to K9 units.

Over $2,500 was raised.  Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells helped raise $970 of those dollars to get their local K9, Ogi, a vest.

Fruth Pharmacy and Fruth General Store is owned by the Fruth family.  There are 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Employees Donate to The Children’s Center of Ohio

Left to right: Jordan Sermon, John Galvan, Vice-President of Operations, Rob Painter of The Children’s Center of Ohio, Darian Milar, and Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy. Sermon and Milar currently live at the boys’ facility of The Children’s Center of Ohio. They came to help Mr. Painter with donations for the girls’ facility.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (December 26, 2019) – On Monday, December 23rd, Fruth employees at the corporate office located in Point Pleasant, WV made a donation to The Children’s Center of Ohio for the girls’ facility.

Fruth Pharmacy has donated to both the boys’ and girls’ facilities in the past.  This year, Fruth employees donated items to the girls like blankets, crafts, books, and more.  Employees tried to find items for 16 girls, to help the young ladies have a good Christmas.

The Children’s Center of Ohio is a not for profit, Treatment Oriented Children’s Residential Center that serves juvenile boys and girls aged 8 to 18.  The youth served are those that have been adjudicated by the court system as public, or status offenders, abuse/neglect, or dependent commitments or from Children’s Services Agencies.  The Children’s Center of Ohio, Inc. provides a normalized, open home setting in which an individualized treatment approach is utilized.  Emphasis is placed on teaching youth new behaviors and skills, while strengthening and developing healthy relationships.

If you would like to help The Children’s Center of Ohio, please contact Hannah Burke, LPCC-S, LSW, Treatment Director, 740-379-9083, or by e-mail at info@childrenscenteroh.com

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company that has been in business for 67 years.  Fruth Pharmacy has a total of 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Announces 2019 Sunbelt Bike Winner

Pictured left to right: Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, Janessa Dail , Bike Winner, and spouse, Tonya Dail.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (December 26, 2019) – Fruth Pharmacy is pleased to announce Janessa Dail is the 2019 Sunbelt Bike Winner.

During Fruth Pharmacy’s Anniversary Sale in November, customers could stop in their local Fruth and register for a chance to win a bicycle donated by Sunbelt Bakery, Inc. as well as other prizes.  Fruth Pharmacy gave away several grand prizes and weekly prizes.

Dail registered only once at her local Fruth Pharmacy in Gallipolis.

When asked what she planned to do with the bike, she wasn’t sure.  She was considering finding someone in need to surprise them with a nice Christmas present.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company that has been in business for 67 years.  Fruth Pharmacy has a total of 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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