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PERRY INTRODUCES PROGRAM TO ASSURE DRUG POTENCY; WILL PRINT MEDICATION EXPIRATION DATE ON PRESCRIPTION LABELS

 PERRY INTRODUCES PROGRAM TO ASSURE DRUG POTENCY;
 WILL PRINT MEDICATION EXPIRATION DATE ON PRESCRIPTION LABELS
 /ADVANCE/PONTIAC, Mich., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Perry Drug Stores, Inc. (NYSE: PDS) today announced that beginning Aug. 17, Perry is starting a program to assure the potency of drugs by printing the medication expiration dates on Perry prescription labels.
 Perry, the largest chain drugstore company in Michigan, is the first and only drugstore operator to provide this service in the state. Perry fills more than 15 million prescriptions a year, and in its 35-year history, has filled over 120 million prescriptions.
 "We are very pleased to initiate this important program -- called PerryDate. PerryDate assures that our customers are taking drugs which have retained their potency and are fresh," said Andy Giancamilli, senior vice president-operations.
 "We recognize the importance of consumers having this information," said Giancamilli. "This PerryDate service is part of our ongoing efforts to help protect the health of our customers."
 Robert A. Shapiro, Perry vice president-pharmacy affairs and immediate past president of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, added that over time, light and exposure to the elements can cause the chemical makeup of medication to change.
 "In addition, some medications simply lose their effectiveness and others can become dangerous and put health at risk," said Shapiro. He emphasized that prescriptions must be properly stored to retain their potency.
 Presently, medication expiration dates are listed only on the manufacturers' bulk dispensing containers used by pharmacists behind the counter. Non-prescription drugs have such dates printed on packages.
 The new medication expiration PerryDate will be printed in the lower left-hand corner of all prescription drug labels.
 Perry is launching the program with a new advertising campaign which will begin Sunday.
 Giancamilli said Perry is able to provide this service because of the capabilities of Perry's state-of-the-art pharmacy terminal system called PerryLink which was installed in 1989. One of the most advanced systems of its kind, PerryLink also offers many other benefits such as giving pharmacists vital information so they can alert customers to possible side effects or interactions of drugs. Since all Perry stores are linked into the system throughout the state, customers can have prescriptions refilled in any of Perry's 206 drugstores in Michigan.
 "PerryDate will give our customers peace of mind," he said. "They will not have to worry about medication becoming ineffective or dangerous."
 He added that Perry Red Coat pharmacists are always available to answer questions involving such issues as drug potency, drug interactions, proper usage and storage.
 Perry, a New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Pontiac, is Michigan's largest drugstore chain, operating 206 drugstores in the state.
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 /NOTE: Perry is prepared to brief media and provide for photo/TV coverage on this new program in any of Perry's 206 drugstores in the state Wednesday. Please call to make arrangements. CONTACT: Berl Falbaum of Perry Drug Stores, 313-674-7772/
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