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Court rejects Philip Morris claim that San Francisco tobacco ban hurts advertising

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO United States District Court judge has rejected a claim by Philip Morris that San Francisco’s tobacco ban violates its right to advertise its products.

The law, which took effect Oct. 1, prohibits the sale of tobacco in retail pharmacies, but U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said Friday it does not prohibit speech about tobacco. Philip Morris has said it will appeal the decision. The tobacco company originally filed the case in order to force an injunction against the law.

Walgreens filed a separate suit, also seeking an injunction, alleging that the law unfairly singles out retail pharmacies because it does not affect supermarkets or mass merchandisers that operate in-store pharmacies. A San Francisco Superior Court judge turned down Walgreens on Sept. 30.

 

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CVS Caremark plans to open location in Tulsa area

BY Antoinette Alexander

TULSA, Okla. CVS Caremark is looking to enter the Tulsa market in 2009, according to a local news report.

The company currently has 34 pharmacy locations in the state, but none that operate in the Tulsa area. According to the report, the company will open two or three stores in that market.

According to the report, one of the stores will be located at the site of a former Bennigan’s restaurant at the northeast corner of 71st Street and Yale Avenue—one of the business intersections in south Tulsa. The current building will be torn down for construction of the pharmacy, which is expected to open in October.

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Humana expands MinuteClinic network for TRICARE customers

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Humana Military Healthcare Services, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., has added additional MinuteClinic locations for its TRICARE benefits customers.

Initially, MinuteClinic services were available to beneficiaries in select cities in Oklahoma and Texas beginning in October. Clinics are now available to beneficiaries in the following locations: Boca Raton/West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa in Florida; Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, S.C.; and Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.

“MinuteClinic has been a great addition to our provider network,” said Dave Baker, president of chief executive officer of HMHS. “We are pleased with the success of this relationship and the ability to expand this service to more beneficiaries in the South region.”

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