UNITED EXTENDS ACCORD WITH BERGEN BRUNSWIG

LUBBOCK, Texas -- United Supermarkets here has signed a three-year agreement with Bergen Brunswig Drug Co., Orange, Calif., for Bergen to be the chain's exclusive supplier of pharmaceuticals and other pharmacy products, the companies announced earlier this month.ce levels, but because of our shared commitment to customer value and patient care," Leland Wehde, United's director of pharmacy services,

LUBBOCK, Texas -- United Supermarkets here has signed a three-year agreement with Bergen Brunswig Drug Co., Orange, Calif., for Bergen to be the chain's exclusive supplier of pharmaceuticals and other pharmacy products, the companies announced earlier this month.

ce levels, but because of our shared commitment to customer value and patient care," Leland Wehde, United's director of pharmacy services, said in a statement.

"We are convinced that Bergen's Generic Purchasing Program assures us that we can provide the best pricing for our customers, and we look forward to adding Bergen's portfolio of patient-counseling initiatives to the immunization and other patient care programs we already have in place."

United uses disease-state-management software from PDX, Dallas, that was created by the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and Bergen. As reported in SN last month, United pharmacies have also begun offering cholesterol screenings to customers.

United Supermarkets currently operates 38 stores and in June plans to open a 39th in Snyder, Texas.

Bergen Brunswig Corp., the drug company's parent, had 1998 revenues of $17.1 billion.