Chain drug stores have increased their health care role through expanded pharmacy services and retail health clinics. They also are major food retailers. This creates a tension between health promotion and sales of unhealthy foods and beverages to pharmacy customers. This article explores opportunities to improve the nutritional quality of foods sold at chain drug stores that differ from general healthy food retail approaches. It considers the legal limits on marketing to pharmacy customers; the potential roles of health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and retail health clinics to voluntarily improve food offerings; and formal policymaking legal considerations and approaches.
The Role of Chain Pharmacies to Promote Healthy Food Retail: Current Trends, Legal Limits, and Policy Opportunities
Understanding Current Trends, Policy Opportunities, and Legal Limits of Using Pharmacies to Promote Healthy Food Retail
This project will use legal and policy analysis to understand how the presence of pharmacies in food retail settings could be used to improve the availability and marketing of healthy foods and beverages in these outlets. Analysis will focus on current trends, legal limits, and policy opportunities to support healthy … More
Studying the Impact of Financial Incentives at Point of Purchase on Low-Income Consumers’ Purchase of Healthy Food and, Subsequently, on Family Health
To address diet quality disparities in low-income families, policymakers and health experts recommend strategies such as financial incentives to promote consumption of fruits and vegetables (FVs). Real-time incentives for purchasing FV and variable incentives are promising, untested strategies to improve families’ diets and health. The goal of this study is … More