Press Release

Out With the Old and in With the New: BJ's Pharmacy Offers Tips for Spring Cleaning that Medicine Cabinet

May 1, 2006 9:35 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., May 1, 2006 -- Whether you store medications in a medicine cabinet, bathroom closet or drawer, it's important to conduct an annual inspection to see what is expired, running low or empty. BJ's Pharmacy(R) at BJ's Wholesale Club encourages everyone to take the time to spring clean their medicine cabinets for health's sake.

"It's vital to thoroughly review all medications in your home at least once a year," said Chris Cella, Assistant Vice President and Manager of Pharmacy Operations at BJ's Wholesale Club. "Then the next time you have a headache and you reach for a pain reliever, you'll have the peace-of-mind that it's both effective and safe to take."

BJ's Pharmacy offers the following easy tips to keep home health products up-to-date and ready to use:

  • Operation Expiration! Inspect dates on everything from pill bottles to creams to verify they haven't expired or are about to expire. Taking expired medications could make you sick and those that are about to expire might not be as potent as they were when first purchased. Any medication that has expired should be discarded and replaced if needed.
  • What's In a Name? A missing label on a pill bottle can be lethal because it doesn't show the type of medication, expiration date or recommended dosage. These anonymous bottles should be disposed of safely.
  • First and Foremost -- A cut or scrape can come at any time especially if there are small children in the home, so it's important to have an up to code First Aid Kit. These kits come with everything you need from bandages to antibiotic ointment.
  • Stock up -- A well-stocked supply of health-related products will make it easier for you when you need quick access to medications. BJ's Pharmacy suggests stocking up on important products including ibuprophen, antiseptic wash, bandages, antacids, digital thermometer and instant ice packs.
  • Safe Keeping -- Where you store your medications is just as important as keeping them updated. Although they are quite common, a bathroom medicine cabinet is not an ideal location to house medications due to high levels of moisture and humidity. BJ's Pharmacy recommends keeping medications on a high shelf in a closet and out of the reach of children.

Replacing old medications and other common health products does not have to be expensive. BJ's Pharmacy not only offers low prices on prescription medications, but BJ's health and beauty department features an extensive assortment of over-the-counter national brand health and beauty products at a savings of up to 30%. For additional savings, BJ's also offers a full line of private label brand Berkley & Jensen(R) products for equal quality at a lower price.

BJ's Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy similar to national chains and offers the personal attention that builds trusted patient-pharmacist relationships. The Pharmacy offers special services including BJ's E-Z Refill(R), which allows patients the convenience of prescription refills over the phone with an interactive voice response system any time of day, and BJ's Pet Rx for popular pet prescriptions. BJ's Pharmacy also handles special order medications. To locate a BJ's Pharmacy visit http://www.bjs.com/.

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 165 Clubs, 88 gas stations and 45 pharmacies in 16 states. For more information about BJ's, please visit http://www.bjs.com/.

SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club

CONTACT: Sharyn Frankel of BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., +1-508-651-8534,
sfrankel@bjs.com