GENERICS PROGRAMS TAKE SHAPE AT GROCERY

RAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Within days of Wal-Mart Stores' surprise announcement that it would expand its $4 generic prescription drug program to 14 states, supermarkets and other retailers were looking for ways to respond.Some, like Meijer here and H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, announced plans that had already been in the works. Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y., and Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh,

RAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Within days of Wal-Mart Stores' surprise announcement that it would expand its $4 generic prescription drug program to 14 states, supermarkets and other retailers were looking for ways to respond.

Some, like Meijer here and H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, announced plans that had already been in the works. Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y., and Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh, also are reportedly mounting special generics programs. Bashas', Chandler, Ariz., had sa

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