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MEDCOHEALTH SOLUTIONS INC (MHS)
Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a pharmacy benefit manager, provides programs and services for its clients and the members of their prescription benefit plans, as well as for the physicians and pharmacies for the members use. It offers various programs and services, including plan design, clinical management, pharmacy management, health management, physician services, and Web-based services. The company's clients include Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans; managed care organizations; insurance carriers; third-party benefit plan administrators; employers; federal, state, and local government agencies; and union-sponsored benefit plans. It has operations in the United States and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The company is headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
CVS Corporation operates retail drugstores in the United States. It offers prescription drugs, as well as general merchandise, including over-the-counter drugs, beauty products and cosmetics, film and photofinishing services, seasonal merchandise, greeting cards, and convenience foods. The company sells its products through CVS/pharmacy retail stores and online through CVS.com. It also provides pharmacy benefit management, mail order services, and specialty pharmacy services. As of October 1, 2005, the company operated 5,461 retail and specialty pharmacy stores in the United States. CVS Corporation was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
LONGS DRUG STORES CORPORATION (LDG)
Longs Drug Stores Corporation, through its subsidiary, Longs Drug Stores California, Inc., operates retail drug stores in California, Hawaii, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon under the names Longs, Longs Drugs, Longs Drug Stores, and Longs Pharmacy. Through its stores, the company provides pharmacy services and convenient product offerings, including over-the-counter medications, health and beauty products, cosmetics, photo and photo processing, convenience food and beverage items, and greeting cards. It also sells merchandise in non-core categories, such as housewares, automotive, and sporting goods. As of May 05, 2005, the company operated 472 stores and 1 mail order pharmacy. The company also offers certain over-the-counter medications through its Web site. In addition, Longs Drug Stores Corporation provides pharmacy benefit management services, including plan design and implementation, formulary management, and claims administration to third-party health plans and other organizations. The company was co-founded by Thomas J. Long and Joseph M. Long in 1938. Longs Drug Stores Corporation is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California.
RITE AID CORPORATION (RAD)
Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States, which primarily provide pharmacy services. The company sells prescription drugs and various other merchandise called as front-end products. It offers approximately 24,000 front-end products, including over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, personal care items, cosmetics, household items, beverages, convenience foods, greeting cards, seasonal merchandise, and various other everyday and convenience products, as well as photo processing. The company has a strategic alliance with General Nutrition Companies, Inc. (GNC) to operate GNC stores-within-Rite Aid-stores. As of April 23, 2005, the company operated 3,357 retail drugstores in 28 states across the country and in the District of Columbia. Rite Aid Corporation was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Walgreen Co. engages in the retail sale of prescription and nonprescription drugs, and general merchandise, through a drugstore chain in the United States. General merchandise includes cosmetics, toiletries, household items, food, beverages, and photofinishing. It also provides services at the drugstore counter, as well as through the mail, by telephone, and on the Internet. As of October 31, 2005, the company operated 5,000 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. In addition, it operated 3 mail service facilities. Walgreen Co. was founded by Charles R. Walgreen, Sr. in 1901. The company is based in Deerfield, Illinois.
Omnicare, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provide pharmaceutical care for the elder people primarily in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Pharmacy Services and Contract Research Organization Services. The Pharmacy Services purchases, repackages, and dispenses prescription and nonprescription pharmaceuticals. It also provides consultant pharmacist services, including evaluating residents' drug therapy, monitoring the drug distribution system within the nursing facility, and assisting in compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as proprietary clinical and health management programs. In addition, Pharmacy Services segment offers ancillary services, such as administering medications and nutrition intravenously, and furnishing dialysis and respiratory services, medical supplies and clinical care planning, and financial software information systems. Further, it provides pharmaceutical case management services for retirees, employees, and dependents that have drug benefits under corporate-sponsored healthcare programs. The Research Organization Services segment provides product development and research services to client companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics industries worldwide. As of December 31, 2004, the company served residents in long-term care facilities comprising approximately 1,086,000 beds in 47 states in the United States and in Canada. Omnicare is headquartered in Covington, Kentucky.