The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.
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The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

June 06, 2007 14:38 ET

The Jean Coutu Group Facilitates Communication Between Patients and Health Professionals with the PJC Health Record

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. offers all of its customers a unique and useful tool to facilitate communicating with health professionals. The PJC Health Record, recommended by Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services, is an important source of information, useful for physician visits.

The PJC Health Record is a practical health record which allows the patient to carry a summary of their medication regimen, updated regularly by their pharmacist. It provides the patient's name, address, date of birth, drug allergies, if any, as well as the list of all medications currently prescribed. No larger than a credit card, the PJC Health Record fits easily in any wallet. Provided with a magnet, it can also be kept handy on a refrigerator door or other metallic surfaces.

"At The Jean Coutu Group, we strive to provide our customers with the tools to help them maintain their quality of life, especially their health and wellness. The PJC Health Record aims at reducing the risks associated with taking several medicines, namely drug interactions and therapeutic duplications. By favoring the coordination of the services provided by health care professionals, it provides peace of mind to our customers," said Richard Mayrand, Vice President, Pharmacy Department of The Jean Coutu Group.

The PJC Health Record is an effective and proven tool. It allows patients to carry an updated list of all the medications they may be taking when they see a physician or a doctor in an emergency ward. Several studies show that prescribing errors occur mostly when the physician is unaware of the patient's full medication profile. The PJC Health Record, offered free of charge by the PJC Jean Coutu drugstores, can prevent this type of error and contribute to the improvement of the public's health. It is a simple solution that can make all the difference.

Health professionals can trust the PJC Health Record knowing that it is regularly updated. The PJC Health Record can also prove to be just as important for other care givers such as ambulance drivers, nurses and emergency ward personnel, allowing them to act diligently because they can see at a glance exactly what medications the patient is using. In addition, for the patient who may be traveling abroad, this record is a convenient checklist when seeing a doctor or a pharmacist.

The PJC Health Record is available exclusively and free of charge in all PJC Jean Coutu drugstores.

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. operates a network of 326 franchised drugstores in Canada located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario (under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Sante Beaute) and employs more than 15,000 people. The Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Company holds a significant interest in Rite Aid Corporation, one of the United States' leading drugstore chains, with annual revenues of more than $27 billion and more than 5,000 drugstores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) inc.
    Information: Helene Bisson
    Director, public relations
    450-646-9611, ext. 1165 (FAX)
    hbisson@jeancoutu.com