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• The Washington Post reports this morning that Safeway is offering $4 prescriptions on hundreds of generic drugs at its stores in the eastern United States and in Chicago, “following in the footsteps of the program popularized by Wal-Mart two years ago.”

According to the story, “The list of $4 drugs includes the antibiotic amoxicillin, blood pressure medication atenolol and levothyroxine for thyroid disease.”

• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Food Marketing
Institute (FMI) and MatchPoint Marketing announced yesterday that they will join with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to become official USDA MYPyramid corporate partners. The goal is to promote “the government’s nutrition education program in grocery store aisles, where consumers ultimately make their food choices,” and to showcase “the role industry can play as a partner to government in encouraging healthier eating and physical fitness among families.”

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