The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

September 08, 2005 00:00 ET

Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy joins Surescripts Membership Program as Charter Member

LONGUEUIL, QC, Sept. 8 /CCNMatthews/ - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.,
the fourth largest drugstore chain in North America, announced that its wholly
owned subsidiary, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) USA, Inc. ("PJC USA" or "the
Company" which operates under the name Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy), has become a
Charter Member of the SureScripts Membership Program. SureScripts is the
largest network provider of true electronic prescribing services in the United
Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy has been a long-time champion of SureScripts'
mission to improve the prescribing process. The company supported SureScripts
from its initial development, participating in the Rhode Island Quality
Initiative, the first statewide electronic prescribing program in the U.S. It
also executed the first true electronic transmission between pharmacists and
physicians and participated in a number of meetings, presentations and studies
dedicated to advancing e-prescribing in the U.S.
"We are proud to collaborate with SureScripts and to contribute to the
important progress they have made in defining and building a pharmacy industry-
owned, neutral electronic prescribing infrastructure," said Michel Coutu,
President & Chief Executive Officer of PJC USA. "We became Charter Members
because of the importance of electronic prescribing to the prescription
delivery process in terms of safety, efficiency and patient compliance. Brooks
Eckerd Pharmacy's commitment to the goal of maximizing utilization within the
healthcare industry reflects our strategy of utilizing technology to its
fullest potential in the advancement of our company."
Membership helps support SureScripts' effort and commitment to bring
physicians and pharmacists into a closer and more collaborative working
relationship. The widespread pharmacy participation continues to demonstrate
commitment to SureScripts' ongoing mission to generate awareness of the
benefits of electronic prescribing, increase adoption, reduce the potential
for medication errors, and deliver a higher quality of care to patients.
"We are thrilled that Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy, a recognized industry
leader and long-standing partner is actively demonstrating their commitment to
the SureScripts mission and improving the prescribing process," said Kevin
Hutchinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of SureScripts. "We always
have had a strong relationship with this company and now, as member of
SureScripts, it takes that relationship to another level."

About The Jean Coutu Group

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc. (TSX: PJC.SV.A) is the fourth largest
drugstore chain in North America and the second largest in both the eastern
United States and Canada. The Company and its combined network of 2,171
corporate and affiliated drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd,
PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Santé Beauté) employ more than 60,000
The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ over 46,000
persons and comprise 1,850 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the
Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu
Group's Canadian operations and drugstores affiliated to its network employ
over 14,000 people and comprise 321 PJC Jean Coutu franchised stores in
Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

About SureScripts

SureScripts, the largest network provider of electronic prescribing
services, is committed to building relationships within the healthcare
community and working collaboratively with key industry stakeholders and
organizations to improve the safety, efficiency and quality of healthcare by
improving the overall prescribing process. At the core of this improvement
effort is the SureScripts Electronic Prescribing Network, a healthcare
infrastructure, which establishes electronic communications between
pharmacists and physicians and enables the two-way electronic exchange of
prescription information. More information about SureScripts is available at .

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For further information: Hélène Bisson, Media and Public Relations, The
Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc., (514) 393-1180, ext. 343, 1-877-894-8993;
Michael Murray, Director, Investor Relations, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC),
Inc., (450) 646-9611, ext. 1068; Tammy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer,
SureScripts, (914) 400-4376; Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.,
C. Daniel Haron, Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy,,
(401) 468-2871