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SUPERVALU Pharmacies Launches Innovative ARx System

Company Deploys New Prescription Filling System In More Than 920 Pharmacies

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2008--SUPERVALU Pharmacies - owned and operated by America's third largest grocery retailer SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) - today announced the companywide deployment of ARx, a next generation pharmacy management system.

Designed, developed, and tested by SUPERVALU pharmacists and technicians, ARx streamlines pharmacy workflow and operations. ARx introduces new technologies such as prescription label imaging and thermal printing. The application also features process enhancements which include a fully integrated electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, module which provides a safer, more efficient method for prescription delivery.

"SUPERVALU Pharmacies is committed to the concept of empowering our pharmacy teams to provide convenient, personalized pharmacy care. By equipping our pharmacies with the innovative technologies included in ARx, we are providing our pharmacists with greater opportunity to apply their expertise as medication experts and develop creative solutions to common health conditions," said Chris Dimos, RPh, president, SUPERVALU Pharmacies.

Design and testing of the system prototype began in October 2004. Further testing and development in large volume pharmacies took place in 2006. Companywide implementation and "live" usage of the new system took place in phases, beginning in 2007.

"Full deployment of ARx is a very exciting and significant milestone for SUPERVALU Pharmacies," said Randy Mound, RPh, vice president, SUPERVALU Pharmacy Systems and Process Redesign. "By moving to ARx, we are successfully implementing a common platform for reporting, business operations, and pharmacy workflow which will enable SUPERVALU pharmacists to better fulfill our customers changing and diverse needs."

Already, customers are benefiting from many of the features ARx brings to SUPERVALU pharmacies. The new computer application prints both patient medication vial labels and patient information sheets using large text, which makes it easy for patients to read important details about their prescriptions and medical conditions. Also, patients can easily reorder prescriptions, check refill status and verify pharmacy hours using ARx's 24-hour telephone refill system. Additionally, ARx places important counseling information and prescription history at the fingertips of SUPERVALU pharmacists.

About SUPERVALU Pharmacies

With more than 920 in-store pharmacies nationwide, SUPERVALU Pharmacies is the 9th largest pharmacy provider in the United States, operating under nine retail brands, including Acme Sav-on Pharmacy, Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy, bigg's Pharmacy, Cub Pharmacy, Farm Fresh Pharmacy, Osco Pharmacy, Shaw's Osco Pharmacy, Shop'n Save Pharmacy, and Shoppers Pharmacy. For more information about SUPERVALU Pharmacies, visit

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