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

November 15, 2005 12:37 ET

PJC/Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy and National Family Caregivers Association Provide the Total Solution With In-Store 'Caregiver Saturdays' Covering Medicare Part D and Other Issues

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2005) - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc., (TSX:PJC.SV.A) the fourth largest drugstore chain in North America, is pleased to announce 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), will be holding "Caregiver Saturdays" with the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) in all Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy's on Saturday November 19th and December 10th. Caregivers and patients will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the Medicare Part D benefit and collect information such as the Brooks Eckerd Caregiver brochure. This is another part of the joint initiatives between the two organizations who have sponsored National Family Caregiver month in November.

"Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy partnership with NFCA has been tremendous for Caregivers", said Suzanne Mintz, President and Co-Founder of NFCA. "Today, one in five Americans is caring for a parent, spouse or child with a chronic condition or illness. They will play a key role in helping loved ones make decisions about the new Medicare Drug program. Our partnership with Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy will help reach more family caregivers during this critical time when education and support of the new Medicare Drug program is so vital."

In addition to these efforts, Brooks Eckerd holds weekly instore events "We Care Wednesday" where Pharmacy Professionals provide information and answers questions for Seniors and Caregivers. Furthermore, there has been ongoing activity within the Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy Outreach Program where Pharmacists from the company's Speakers Bureau have participated in approximately 350 programs for seniors at special events in their local communities.

"Our Pharmacists play a vital role in helping Medicare beneficiaries understand their drug coverage options and utilize them effectively," said Michel Coutu, President and CEO of PJC USA. "Our partnership with NFCA has helped reach people in our communities and assisted them in understanding how the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit can provide savings on drug costs. We are pleased to be working with organizations that share this commitment and will be involved in our outreach activities."

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 2,172 corporate and affiliated drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd, PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Sante Beaute) employ more than 60,000 people.

The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ over 46,000 persons and comprise 1,851 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 NFCA

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) is the nation's leading organization for family caregivers. NFCA educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers. For more information visit www.thefamilycaregiver.org or call 1/800 896 3650.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words "looking forward," "looking ahead," "believe(s)," "should," "may," "expect(s)," "anticipate(s)," "likely," "opportunity," and similar expressions, among others, identify forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

Contact Information

  • Source: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.
    Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy
    C. Daniel Haron
    (401) 468-2871
    Dan.haron@brooks-rx.com
    or
    Information:
    Helene Bisson
    Media and Public Relations
    (514) 393-1180, ext. 343
    1-877-894-8993
    or
    The Jean Coutu Group (PJC), Inc.
    Michael Murray
    Director, Investor Relations
    (450) 646-9611, ext. 1068