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Date:5/5/2008

not to be as crowded as the big chains," he said.

Among mass-market retailers, Kmart and Shopko came out on top in terms of drug prices, Marks said. Wal-Mart and Target got high ratings for offering cheap generic drugs, he said.

A representative of the pharmacy industry said the reasons for the price variance between stores are likely to be complex.

"In any market, there is a price variation," said Chrissy Kopple, vice president of media relations at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, based in Alexandria, Va. "As a trade association, we cannot comment in great detail on prescription drug pricing due to anti-trust issues. However as is the case with any business, many factors play roles in pricing decisions, including costs, business strategy and local competition," she said.

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For more on comparing drug prices, visit Consumer Reports.



SOURCES: Tod Marks, senior editor, Consumer Reports; Chrissy Kopple, vice president, media relations, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Alexandria, Va; May 5, 2008, survey, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.


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