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Bondi wants fake prescription merchandise off shelf

Tribune staff

Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2013 at 01:55 PM

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Florida's Pam Bondi and 22 other attorneys general are asking a hipster-fashion retailer to stop selling a line of housewares that looks like prescription pads and pill bottles.

Bondi and other top legal officers Wednesday sent a letter to Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters, requesting that it yank its "Prescription Line." For instance, the retailer has a silicone coaster set ($10 for 4) that looks like prescription slips, and a $10 beer-can holder and a $14 set of ceramic shot glasses "in a playful prescription bottle shape."

The letter says the attorneys general are trying "to educate the public that abuse of prescription drugs is not safe simply because the medication originated from a doctor."

They told the retailer, "By putting these highly recognizable labels on your products you are undermining our efforts."

Bondi, who has crusaded against prescription drug abuse, said in a separate statement that the company should "forgo a few sales and help us save a lot of lives."

Urban Outfitters, which couldn't be immediately reached, is no stranger to controversy. Over the last decade, they've been criticized for selling a Monopoly-game parody called "Ghettopoly" and offended American Indians with a "Navajo Print Fabric Wrapped Flask."

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