Since when did Whole Foods start promoting their own 365 branded pharmaceuticals at their checkout counters? And why are they using slogans like "Life-Saving" and "Safe" to describe some of them?
This is the question I asked myself, and the cashier, on a recent trip to Whole Foods in Coral Gables, Florida.
My cashier didn’t have an answer, but it surprised her to hear that these drugs have serious risks.
There are a wide range of problems with the seemingly casual and innocent placement of so-called “painkillers” at what is one of the most high-volume places on the shelf to compel consumers to make impulse purchases.
First, Whole Foods is supposed to be a "health conscious" brand, right?
Things are clearly changing. It is widely known that Amazon acquired Whole Foods five years ago. Amazon is a juggernaut of a company also in the business of acquiring pharmaceutical industry entities like online, mail-order pharmaceutical distributor PillPack.
Even so, consumers still expect a certain standard of discernment from the company when it comes to product selection, given its leadership role (as far as revenue) in the so-called natural products industry.
Why Is Whole Foods Putting Their Customers at Risk With Irresponsible Drug Marketing?