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RediClinic accepts Blue Shield of Texas in Austin clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

Houston RediClinic has announced the expansion of an existing provider relationship under which the in-store clinics will now accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas at its six Austin HEB locations.

With this expansion, all 21 Houston and Austin RediClinic locations now accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.For the patients not covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, the clinic operator also accepts several other insurance plans including Aetna, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare.

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Rite Aid amending some financing terms

BY Melissa Valliant

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Friday reported that it is in the process of amending its Receivables Financing Agreement, an agreement originally entered into Sept. 21, 2004, through which Rite Aid sells substantially all of its eligible third-party pharmaceutical receivables to another entity, which then transfers those interests to various commercial paper vehicles.

The amendment extends a commitment that was set to expire Jan. 15 until Jan. 22, Rite Aid said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Hiller’s Markets stops sale of tobacco

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A chain of supermarkets in Michigan has decided not to sell tobacco products, according to published reports.

The Hiller’s Markets chain has stopped stocking cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to the Oakland Press. The family-owned chain operates stores in the Michigan cities of Union Lake; Ann Arbor; West Bloomfield; Northville; Plymouth; Berkley and Commerce Township.

Several other supermarket chains have also stopped selling cigarettes, including Wegmans Food Markets and DeCicco Family Markets.

Last year, San Francisco banned the sale of tobacco and retail pharmacies, but continued permitting it in supermarkets and mass-merchandising stores that operate pharmacies.

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