The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.

September 07, 2005 00:00 ET

Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy works with Take Care Health Systems(SM) to provide in-store nurse practitioner health care services

LONGUEUIL, QC, Sept. 7 /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 entered
into an agreement with Take Care Health Systems, LLC ("Take Care") to open
Take Care Health Centers in the Company's drugstores in multiple markets. Take
Care Health Centers employ certified nurse practitioners to provide diagnosis
and to treat a variety of common family illnesses and administer vaccines and
Take Care Health Centers' Nurse Practitioners will utilize sophisticated
medical software to follow clear clinical protocols based on guidelines
established by the medical community to diagnose, treat, and write
commonly-used prescriptions for standard family illnesses in each Care Center.
Illnesses treated by Take Care Nurse Practitioners include strep throat, eye,
ear and sinus infections, seasonal allergies, poison ivy and other skin
rashes, insect bites and urinary tract infections. In addition to the already
offered Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy patient health care services, Take Care Health
Centers will provide diagnostic screenings for conditions such as diabetes and
cholesterol, as well as sports physicals. Vaccinations to be offered include
those for tetanus, diphtheria, influenza and meningitis.
"Our agreement with Take Care further illustrates our company's goal to
be the primary supplier of pharmacy and health care services in the
communities served by our network," said Michel Coutu, President and CEO of
PJC USA. "We share Take Care's commitment to the highest standards of customer
service and best practices to ensure delivery of high quality care. This in an
extremely convenient and accessible setting for all consumers in our
communities. We see our Pharmacists working with the nurse practitioner as an
opportunity to enhance the outstanding care provided to our customers."
"Take Care differentiates itself by truly taking a team-based approach
with other key health care providers in order to function as a much-needed
complement to primary care, not as a replacement for it," said
Dr. Regina Baime, Take Care's Chief Medical Officer. "Our goal is to provide
highly accessible, high quality, patient-centered care."
Take Care Nurse Practitioners will have the ability to contact a
Take Care physician or a local collaborating physician for consultation, and
will work with the Brooks Eckerd pharmacists to provide attentive and high
quality patient care.
Doctor David Nash, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Health
Policy at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and Chairman of the
Take Care National Medical Advisory Board, commented, "The Take Care model
foreshadows the emergence of a more efficient health care system by providing
affordable high-quality, convenient care for those within the system, and
offering quality access to care for individuals who need it most."
Take Care Health Centers are planned for selected Brooks Eckerd
drugstores in markets throughout the 18 East Coast states, where Brooks Eckerd
Pharmacy operates.

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 people.
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 Take Care Health Systems(SM)

By working with national retail pharmacies across the nation, focusing on
collaboration with traditional healthcare channels and leveraging
best-in-class technology, Take Care Health Systems of Conshohocken, PA is
bringing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare to all Americans.
Take Care's vision is to marry best practices in medicine and the expertise
and personal care of Take Care Nurse Practitioners with world-class customer
service, filling a critical need in America by providing easy access to
healthcare. The company's Nurse Practitioners focus exclusively on diagnosis,
treatment, screenings and vaccinations for common family illnesses. From
providing an easy entry point to healthcare to a pathway to electronic medical
records, Take Care believes its care model has the potential to revolutionize
healthcare delivery - both by bringing more individuals into healthcare and
ultimately lowering costs within the system. The firm was co-founded by noted
entrepreneur Hal Rosenbluth, a travel industry expert on customer service, and
skilled consumer marketing executive, Peter Miller, a former Johnson & Johnson
consumer healthcare leader. For more information on the company please visit .

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For further information: Hélène Bisson, Media and Public Relations,
(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;
Lauren Tierney, Manager, Marketing Strategy and Communications, Take Care
Health Systems, LLC, (484) 351-3212; Darren Brandt, For Take Care Health
Systems, LLC, (212) 446-1861; Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.:
C. Daniel Haron, Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy, (401) 468-2871,