Loblaw changes dispensing fees at Ontario nofrills(R) pharmacies

BRAMPTON, ON, June 14 /CNW/ - Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is pleased to announce today that it has changed the Usual and Customary dispensing fees for drug products to one common fee at all its nofrills(R) banner store pharmacies in Ontario. Additionally, pharmacies in nofrills will continue to reduce the co-payment on customer's Ontario Drug Benefits eligible prescriptions by $2.00.

"Since their induction in 1978, nofrills stores have been providing great value for their customers," said Andrew Iacobucci, senior vice-president, Drug Business Unit, Loblaw Companies Limited. "The move reinforces the nofrills stores' commitment to bring great prices every day and complements the convenience of in-store pharmacy services from highly trained and trusted professionals."

Today's announcement builds on recent changes Loblaw has made to some of its overall pharmacy services in Ontario banner stores. From rolling out new information technology to improve prescription processing times and implementing new methods to allow pharmacists to spend more time with their patients and extending hours at select Loblaw banner stores to recruiting incremental pharmacy staff to help ensure customers' needs are met, these efforts are focused towards providing the best service and value.

To learn more about what Loblaw banner store pharmacies offer visit www.drugstorepharmacy.ca.

About Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over 138,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) label program, including the unique President's Choice(R), no name(R) and Joe Fresh Style(R) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial(R) services and offers the PC(R) points loyalty program.

For further information: Loblaw Public Relations at pr@loblaw.ca, (905) 459-2500