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Week of Mon, May 11th, 2009

Drug chains stock up amid swine flu concerns

As the threat of a worldwide swine flu pandemic emerged last month, drug chains and suppliers across North America readied themselves for a possible rush on hygiene products and prescription drugs.

Higher generics use curbs drug spending growth

Generic drugs accounted for nearly two-thirds of all prescriptions dispensed last year, diluting the impact of escalating branded drug prices and specialty drugs as health plan clients and their members seek lower-cost options, according to a report released by Medco Health Solutions Inc.

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