NACDS Board member Lynne Fruth (left), president and chairman of the board of Fruth Pharmacy, was honored as a West Virginia Wonder Woman by WV Living magazine. She is pictured here attending the NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill event with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV, right).
NACDS Board member Lynne Fruth, president and chairman of the board of Fruth Pharmacy, was honored recently as a West Virginia Wonder Woman by WV Living magazine. The magazine recognized a diverse, distinguished group of accomplished women, representing an impressive range of professions, for their commitment and tenacity in making their communities and the state of West Virginia a better place to live.
The magazine acknowledged Fruth’s commitment to her family’s legacy—and the community. Her father opened Fruth Pharmacy in 1952 and expanded the business into a chain of community drugstores. Lynne Fruth had planned on a career in education, but following her father’s death the company began to falter, so Fruth stepped in, leaving her education career behind. In the eight years since she has taken over, Fruth Pharmacy has expanded into 30 new locations.
Fruth has also demonstrated a commitment to improving patient health in West Virginia by proactively addressing the state’s opioid epidemic. Fruth pharmacies became the first in the state to sell naxolone, an antidote for opioid overdoses. Fruth also started replacing known medications that can be used to make methamphetamine with medications that have meth-making deterrent ingredients. In addition, Fruth Pharmacy was active in responding to devastating flooding in West Virginia in 2016. NACDS interviewed Fruth at the time to get her perspective on the importance of helping her community during the disaster.
Fruth has also been consistently active with NACDS RxIMPACT grassroots advocacy and regularly participates in the NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill event and hosts NACDS RxIMPACT pharmacy tours.
NACDS extends sincere congratulations to Lynne Fruth for receiving this well-deserved honor, recognizing her leadership and compassion for her community.