SUPERMARKET PHARMACISTS WARY ABOUT RITE AID, PCS DEAL

CAMP HILL, Pa. (FNS) -- Supermarket pharmacists fear Rite Aid's proposed acquisition of PCS Health Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., could lead to anticompetitive practices that would give the drug chain a huge market advantage at the expense of other retailers, including supermarkets.The $1.5 billion deal between Rite Aid here and Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, which owns PCS, is tentatively scheduled

CAMP HILL, Pa. (FNS) -- Supermarket pharmacists fear Rite Aid's proposed acquisition of PCS Health Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., could lead to anticompetitive practices that would give the drug chain a huge market advantage at the expense of other retailers, including supermarkets.

The $1.5 billion deal between Rite Aid here and Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, which owns PCS, is tentatively scheduled to close Jan. 29.

"I wonder whether safeguards would be put in place to prev

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