SAFEWAY: TECHNOLOGY KEY TO MEDICARE

SAN DIEGO -- When the permanent Medicare prescription drug benefit becomes effective in 2006, retail pharmacies will depend on information systems that deliver real-time data to implement it, said David Fong, corporate vice president of pharmacy for Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif."Retail pharmacy is where the rubber meets the road on providing drug benefits," Fong stated. Fong outlined his concerns about

SAN DIEGO -- When the permanent Medicare prescription drug benefit becomes effective in 2006, retail pharmacies will depend on information systems that deliver real-time data to implement it, said David Fong, corporate vice president of pharmacy for Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif.

"Retail pharmacy is where the rubber meets the road on providing drug benefits," Fong stated. Fong outlined his concerns about the upcoming program during a panel at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores

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