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 retail, and will be used to develop an approach to help pharmacies in food retail locations such as supermarkets, supercenters, and drug stores to promote healthy eating by families and children. Findings will provide insight into current marketing trends to families with children by food retailers that house pharmacies, and examine the policy opportunities available to accelerate improvement in this food retail environment.
Start Date: July 2015
ID #: CAS026
Organization: Public Health Advocacy Institute
Project Lead: Mark Gottlieb, JD
The Role of Chain Pharmacies to Promote Healthy Food Retail: Current Trends, Legal Limits, and Policy OpportunitiesChain 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 More