Friday, July 16, 2004

From the Fort Francis (ON) Times:
Safeway eyeing cross-border pharmacy business
Canada Safeway, one of North America’s largest grocery chains, is studying plans to compete head-to-head with Internet pharmacies by exporting Canadian drugs to the United States to be sold in its network of 1,200 pharmacies.

Drugs from Canada, where prices are under government control, would be sold by Safeway’s parent company stores in the U.S., Barry Peachment, Safeway’s director of pharmacy, said in an interview yesterday.

Peachment said Safeway, which has about 190 pharmacies in Canada, has been forced to consider cross-border exportation because of the U.S. and Canadian governments’ decision to permit unfettered sales by Canadian Internet pharmacies to American consumers.

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