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    Giant Pharmacies Expands E-Script Service

    LANDOVER, Md. - Giant Food Inc., a member of the Ahold USA group, has announced that its Giant Pharmacies is expanding its electronic prescription service through a partnership with DrFirst, a Rockville, Md.-based company that provides products and services to the healthcare community.

    LANDOVER, Md. - Giant Food Inc., a member of the Ahold USA group, has announced that its Giant Pharmacies is expanding its electronic prescription service through a partnership with DrFirst, a Rockville, Md.-based company that provides products and services to the healthcare community.

    On January 30, Giant and DrFirst launched a new e-prescription service that will allow physicians to send prescriptions to any Giant pharmacy electronically. In addition, Giant pharmacists will have the ability to electronically request a refill or verify a prescription from a physician.

    DrFirst's e-prescription service is a secure Web-based technology that allows doctors to access patient information, choose a pharmacy, and transmit a prescription. As prescriptions are written, they are checked for allergy and drug interactions, and insurance formularies are verified.

    Through DrFirst's service, doctors and pharmacists are electronically linked to provide prescription and refill services to patients. DrFirst allows doctors to write paperless prescriptions to Giant pharmacists by using a desktop computer, handheld device or even a cell phone. The e-prescribing service also provides a secure medium for the transferal and storage of patient information.

    Giant Food Inc., headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 190 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. Giant stores in New Jersey and Delaware operate under the Super G name. Included within the 190 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies.

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