September 25, 2006 10:21 ET

AT&T Announces New Contract With Ritzman Pharmacies

Ohio Pharmacy Group Upgrades Data-Network Infrastructure

WADSWORTH, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 25, 2006 -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced a new data-services contract with Ritzman Pharmacies, a community pharmacy with headquarters in Wadsworth, Ohio, and nine additional locations in Akron. Under the terms of the three-year contract, AT&T will be the primary data-services provider, delivering AT&T Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Private Network Transport (PNT) and Cisco® hardware to all nine pharmacy locations.

AT&T's MPLS PNT provides a flexible, robust network architecture, enabling unified communications among the pharmacy locations. The service will be used to deliver added bandwidth and guaranteed redundancy to Ritzman Pharmacies' private network. The Cisco hardware will provide a dedicated power source to help sustain the network. Additionally, this solution's high-performance capabilities will ensure secure and consistent access to critical applications, such as medical billing and patient records.

Ritzman Pharmacies will experience secure and reliable access to account information through the converged network infrastructure, as well as the added benefit of a cost-effective solution. The increased bandwidth will also sustain the addition of new business applications as the company expands. Pharmacists will be able to transport secure data to any location more quickly, therefore improving customer service while increasing efficiency and productivity for the company.

"Our business is continually growing, and we needed a provider capable of supporting our expanding communications needs at a competitive price," said Larry Fligor, chief technology officer of Ritzman Pharmacies. "We're certain that the solution delivered by AT&T will not only support our current applications, such as medical billing and online patient records, but also provide the flexibility to help us prepare for future expansion."

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About Ritzman Pharmacies

Ritzman Pharmacies was founded in 1950 by Forrest Ritzman, who opened the first store in Wadsworth, Ohio. For over 50 years, Ritzman Pharmacies has created a legacy of providing service beyond the commonplace. With 11 facilities located throughout the Akron area, Ritzman Pharmacies is committed to providing wellness, healthcare and education to the communities they serve. They have combined the prescription and natural health pharmacies to offer complementary services such as massage therapy, diabetic supplies, home infusion, natural products, educational seminars, organic foods and supplements. The complete wellness philosophy allows customers to lead healthier and happier lives. For more information on Ritzman Pharmacies, visit

About AT&T

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