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Jean Coutu Group launches services, gift card sales online

BY Michael Johnsen

LONGUEUIL, Quebec The Jean Coutu Group on Tuesday launched a new service that allows the purchase of Jean Coutu Gift Cards online.

“The Jean Coutu Group is very proud to offer to Internet users this new service which is available as of today and for all occasions throughout the year,” said Alain Lafortune, senior vice president of purchasing and marketing at Jean Coutu. “This initiative is a first in the retail pharmacy industry in Quebec; it corresponds to our vision and demonstrates our commitment to provide added value to our customers.”

Several selections of gift cards are being offered, the Canadian retailer stated. In addition, the gift card chosen will be inserted in a greeting card which the sender may personalize.

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MinuteClinic cofounder touts Zipnosis, program connecting patients, doctors

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS Entrepreneur Rick Krieger, who was a cofounder of MinuteClinic, has a new project he is working on that connects patients and doctors anywhere, anytime for minor health problems using the Internet or a mobile phone.

Jonathan Pearce, an MBA student at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, thought up the concept called Zipnosis. Pearce recently won the top student award for Zipnosis in the Minnesota Cup, which is an annual statewide contest that seeks out, supports and promotes the state’s newest and most innovative business concepts. As the student winner, Pearce received $5,000.

According to a local news report, Krieger first met Pearce at Carlson?s Enterprise Lab in September. Today, Krieger serves as chief executive officer and Pearce holds the title of chief operating officer at Zipnosis.

Zipnosis was incorporated in October and Krieger is reportedly planning to make a $2 million private stock placement in the coming months.

Krieger was a co-founder of QuickMedx/MinuteClinic and served as chief executive officer from beta conception through the opening of 12 operating units over three years. In 2002, the name changed from QuickMedx to MinuteClinic. In September 2006, pharmacy retailer CVS acquired MinuteClinic.

Over the past 30 years, Krieger has participated in the founding of seven startups in healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas exploration and finance.

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Take Care opens another retail clinic in the Phoenix market

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has opened another retail-based health clinic in the Phoenix area.

With the opening, Take Care now operates 12 clinics in the market. There are currently 287 clinics in 33 markets throughout 15 states.

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