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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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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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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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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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Supplement Supporter Gets Tenacious About D

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

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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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Work/Life Balance: Gina Raphael

The philanthropist, marketing executive and owner of Mickey Fine Pharmacies on maintaining balance, motherhood and the Sabbath.

Gina Raphael is president of Siren Marketing and co-owns the eight-location Mickey Fine Pharmacies chain with her husband, Jeffrey Gross.

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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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Tall Order

DINING: Four franchises fold after Counter redesigns menus, restaurants in bid to compete in gourmet burger space.

Counter clashes with franchisees as the gourmet burger chain serves up expensive improvements.

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Prescription

As Y2K approaches, pharmacists throughout L.A. keep hearing the same question from customers: Should they should stock up on medicine in case computers go down and medical records are lost?

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Forum

During his State of the Union address, President Clinton outlined his plan to rescue the nation's ailing Social Security system. He proposed transferring 62 percent of the projected budget surplus over the next 15 years to Social Security, and allowing th

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Wallstreet West--New Mutual Fund Banking On Latest Wireless Devices

Investec Guinness Flight Wireless mutual fund started to raise money last week, picking up $2 million from investors on the first day, said Jim Atkinson, managing director.

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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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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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Keeping Competitive Athletes Free of Banned Substances

Deposed Tour de France champion Floyd Landis and Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones are the latest athletes to make headlines and lose awards because of doping scandals.

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My Favorite Sites

Internet sites by Conor Dougherty

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My Favorite Sites

This is a file-sharing site, particularly for video. I think it's interesting to follow the evolution of sites like Napster, Scour and now Flycode. I enjoy keeping tabs on the Internet sites that allow people to exchange files via a peer-to-peer connectio

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Computers

Then again, maybe I'd rather live in Phoenix without the summer heat. Or in Alaska, perhaps, in a nice neighborhood where it never snows.

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Computer

This column was written on a brand-new, 200-megahertz Gateway Pentium MMX PC with 32 megabytes of RAM, a 2.5-gigabyte hard disk and an assortment of other bells and whistles a computer junkie dreams about: big monitor, 16-speed CD-ROM drive, foot-high spe

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