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Rite Aid releases sales totals for September; same store sales up 1.7 percent

BY Jenna Duncan

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid today announced its September total sales numbers with a reported increase in same store sales of 1.7 percent over the same period 2007. Rite Aid said its year-to-date figures included 17 weeks of acquired Brooks Eckerd store sales.

Rite Aid said for the 30-weeks ended Sept. 27, same store sales increased 1.1 percent, with front-end sales up 2.1 percent and pharmacy up 0.6 percent for Sept. Rite Aid also reported that front-end sales had risen 3.4 percent over the same time last year and pharmacy sales increased 1.0 percent.

Rite Aid reported a slight decrease in drug store sales by 0.8 percent ($1.971 billion compared to $1.986 billion) for the same period 2007. Rite Aid said prescription sales comprised 67.9 percent of its total drug store sales. Additionally, prescription sales reflected 96.8 percent of total pharmacy sales, the company said.

Brooks Eckerd stores saw an increase in sales of 3.2 percent compared to the same period 2007. Front-end same store sales for Brooks Eckerd increased by 3.1 percent; pharmacy same store sales were up 3.3 percent.

“Once again our core stores delivered solid gains, and our acquired stores posted a significant increase in the front end and good improvement in the pharmacy. The turnaround of the former Brooks Eckerd stores continues,” Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and chief executive officer said in a released statement.

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Albertsons begins $4.99 generic prescription drug program

BY Jenna Duncan

BOISE, Idaho Albertsons today announced the launch of Albertsons Rx-tra Savings prescription discount program. The membership-based program offers 30-day supplies of more than 500 generic prescription drugs for $4.99. Albertsons pharmacies are also discontinuing the “Meet or Beat” pricing program, the company said.

Generic drugs included in the program include treatments for asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.

To join the program, members can pay a one-time $10 fee at the pharmacy to cover all members of the household. To launch the program, for a limited time Albertson’s is giving away $10 Albertsons gift certificates to those who sign up. 

Albertsons operates 250 units in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.

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APhA encourages more patient-pharmacist communication

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON The American Pharmacists Association is urging customers to get to know their pharmacists for American Pharmacists Month, APhA said Wednesday.

“Pharmacists are on the frontlines of helping patients get the most out of their medications,” APhA chief executive officer and executive vice president John Gans said.

 

“As our population ages, and more people become dependent on medications than ever before, pharmacists will play an increasingly prevalent role on the healthcare team and in improving medication use and advancing patient care.”

An APhA survey has shown that almost 70 percent of consumers don’t know their pharmacists’ names, so during its campaign, the organization plans to “underscore the link between knowing your pharmacist and the safe and effective use of medications” and inform consumers of some of the patient-care services that pharmacists offer.

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