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Rx plan from Walmart, Humana arrives

BY Drug Store News Team

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Shortly after Walmart and Humana announced that they would offer a Medicare Part D prescription drug program to customers, signage in Walmart stores popped up.

 

Co-branded as the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan, the program involves a $14.80 monthly premium that is less than half the weighted 2010 national average, generic drug co-payments as low as $2 at Walmart pharmacies and no co-payments for select generics filled via Humana’s RightSource home-delivery service. Humana and Walmart said the program has the potential to save Medicare Part D enrollees as much as $450 annually.

 

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Safeway kicks off 10th annual breast cancer awareness initiative

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway kicked off its annual breast cancer awareness initiative for the 10th year in a row, and thanked customers for donating nearly $80 million for the cause since 2001.

Each October, Safeway’s 1,700-plus stores in the United States and Canada collect donations for breast cancer research and treatment.

“Medical science in the fight against breast cancer has come a long way in the past decade. We’re glad that we could be a part of the evolution and honored that our efforts have helped save lives,” said Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. “The encouraging research results and the utilization of services to aid in early detection are proof of the power of partnerships between businesses and medical science.”

Safeway’s breast cancer awareness fundraiser is the second of two annual cancer campaigns. Each June, Safeway raises money to combat prostate cancer, one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in men. To date, the company has raised more than $144 million for cancer causes.

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Romance lives on with three new Blu-ray films

BY Allison Cerra

BURBANK, Calif. Warner Home Video is feeling the love.

A trio of romantic films from Warner Home Video will be available on Blu-ray Feb. 1, 2011, including "10," "Pleasantville" and "You’ve Got Mail," all for a suggested retail price of $19.98 each.

"10," which stars Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek, is a comedy that follows Moore’s pursuit of a beautiful woman (Derek), despite having it all. "Pleasantville" stars Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon as two teens zapped into a black-and-white 1950s sitcom who then realize the importance of a bold and colorful world. And "You’ve Got Mail" stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who fall in love over the Internet while also being business rivals in the real world.

Each film includes special features, from theatrical trailers to guest commentaries. The Blu-ray editions of the films will be available nationwide wherever videos are sold.

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