The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently released a report on the prevalence of candy and sugar-sweetened beverages at the check-out lanes of food and other retailers, including pharmacies. CVS was recently lauded for its decision to stop selling cigarettes in its stores, yet when customers walk into CVS and other pharmacies to fill medications prescriptions for - let's say Lipitor - they are bombarded with displays of candy and junk food at check out. This photo from the report of a candy display at Walgreens looks all too familiar:
As diabetes and obesity are major threats to public health, CSPI's recommendation to eliminate junk food from the check-out lanes of non-food retailers (at least) is sound. At the very least pharmacies should not be enticing their customers to make impulse purchases of junk food (any more than they should be selling cigarettes).