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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Outside the Box

Vincent Mehdizadeh hopes pot shops give thumbs up to his fingerprint-checking, drug-dispensing vending machines.

Vincent Mehdizadeh looks to weed out seedy pot shops with his MedBox vending machines that dispense drugs.

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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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Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

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Drug Downturn

It is 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning and Ellis Herz is shuffling through a stack of computer printouts.

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Containing the Escalating Costs of Prescription Drug Benefits: Why Self-Funded Plans May Be an Attractive Alternative for Employers

Custom Content by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Why Self-Funded Plans May Be an Attractive Alternative for Employers

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FDA Holdup Drives Developer From Cancer to Biofuels

How tough is it to get an experimental breast cancer treatment through the U.S. regulatory approval gauntlet?

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Holiday Inn Reaches for New Sense of Style

Joining the trend of lower-priced hotels that retain a stylish veneer, a San Francisco-based operator of boutique hotels is transforming the 211-room Holiday Inn Brentwood/Bel Air.

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San Pedro’s Oldest Business to Close Next Week

Seaside Pharmacy, founded in San Pedro in 1889, has survived two world wars and the Great Depression. But what it could not survive are changes in the pharmacy industry that have prompted many independent community pharmacies to shutter their doors, the Daily Breeze reports.

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Supplement Supporter Gets Tenacious About D

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

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CVS to Buy Target’s Pharmacies

If you like CVS Pharmacy, you’ll now love Target’s as CVS has announced it will buy more than 1,660 Target’s pharmacies, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Haggen to Take Over Vons, Albertsons in Los Angeles

Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen Food & Pharmacy will buy 28 Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons stores located in Los Angeles, part of a divestment process sparked by the merger of grocers Albertson’s and Safeway.

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