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HEALTH---WellPoint Out To Buy Online Drug Provider

WellPoint Health Networks Inc., the state's second largest health care company and parent of Blue Cross of California, is getting into the mail-order and online pharmacy business.

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Weekly Brief

When Bob Nickell decided to leave his job as a general retail pharmacist in order to start his own independent pharmacy, he knew he would have to create a niche in order to survive. He came up with the idea for The LivingWell Pharmacy in 1994 and the stor

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Preserving Counter Culture

Mickey Fine pharmacy takes soda shop-style approach to service.

Mickey Fine proves counter intuitive with traditional soda fountain in the pharmacy

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Shopping Site Looks to Bottle Up Prescriptions

INTERNET: GoodRx teams with 4D to reach corporate customers, health plans.

GoodRx hopes to fill patients’ prescription needs with its comparison-shopping website.

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Drugstores Surviving Onslaught Of Chains by Banding Together

Independent drugstores were headed for the endangered list a few years ago, but in Los Angeles community pharmacies are holding on tightly, even as drugstore chains move into their neighborhoods.

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Walgreens

A new retailing trend is hitting the streets of L.A. and drivers won't even have to leave their cars to experience it.

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Haggen Will Sell or Close Valley Stores

Haggen Food & Pharmacy, a Washington state grocery chain that has struggled locally since taking over dozens of California Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores earlier this year, will close or sell 16 locations in the state, including four in the Valley.

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Could Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

A study conducted by the National Toxicology Program has found a link between cellphone use and cancer, The Wall Street Journal Reports. The multiyear, peer-reviewed study found “low incidents” of two types of tumors in rats exposed to the type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cell phones and counters the government’s official position that says evidence hasn’t linked cell phones to any health risks.

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Insurers Seek to Restrain Drug Compounding

Pricy compounded medicines, such as a $1,600 balm to treat diaper rash, are leading health insurance firms and pharmacy benefit managers to take a critical look at made-to-order treatments, according to the New York Times.

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Pharmacy

Carmen Dragon considers her regular visits to the Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy a life-or-death excursion.

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Taking Health By the Throat

‘Medical food’ maker seeks healthy sales with pills that are step up from vitamins.

Targeted Medical Pharma sets table with “medical food”: prescription pills for specific maladies.

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West L.A. Brothers Busted in Pharmacy Scheme

Two West L.A. pharmacy owners were arrested Thursday on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges alleging they used a bogus pharmacy to divert narcotics to the black market.

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Owner of Counter Burger Chain Sold, Will Leave L.A.

Canadian behemoth franchisor MTY Food Group Inc. has agreed to acquire the franchisors of the Counter and Built upscale burger chain brands for an undisclosed amount.

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Supplement Supporter Gets Tenacious About D

Dr. Soram Khalsa wants vitamin D to get more respect.

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OriginOil Plans to Up-List Shares to Major Exchange

Alternative energy developer OriginOil Inc. said that it plans to move trading on its shares from the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board to a major U.S. exchange in the next several months.

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DRUGSTORES---Drugstore Wars

Santa Monicans could be the most heavily medicated people in Southern California or unwitting pawns in the latest retail wars. Perhaps it's a combination of the two.

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BioSolar Gets First Commercial Order

Shares of BioSolar Inc. jumped 39 percent on Wednesday after announcing the first commercial order for its innovative solar panel protective film.

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CVS Orders Workers to Reveal Weight, Health Info

Pharmacy chain CVS has told workers around the nation to reveal their weight and other health information or pay extra for health coverage. It's part of a so-called “A Plan for Health,” featuring a mix of rewards and penalties for employees, the Huffington Post and Fox News report.

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AIDS Charity Turns Ire on L.A.

Non-profit: County denies condom-fueled feud with AHF.

NON-PROFIT: AIDS Healthcare Foundation courts controversy by filing suits against L.A. County.

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Saehan Gets Cash Infusion

The Koreatown parent of Saehan Bank, ordered by regulators to shore up its capital levels, has privately negotiated a $60.6 million common stock sale to a group of investors.

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