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POSTED December 30, 2011 8:54 p.m.

COMMERCE CORNER
Walgreen pushes to
keep Express
Scripts clients


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson said Friday chances are probably "slim to none" that the drugstore operator will reach an agreement with pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts before their current contract ends Saturday.
Walgreen Co. announced that it is taking several steps to help patients covered by an Express Scripts pharmacy network to continue to use Walgreen locations after the agreement ends. It expects to continue working with more than 120 Express Scripts clients, which include employers and health plans.
Walgreen, which is based in Deerfield, Ill., has said it expects about keep about 10 million of the prescriptions it fills for Express Scripts. It filled about 88 million prescriptions in fiscal 2011, so that would amount to a loss of almost 90 percent of the prescriptions.
The nation's largest drugstore chain said Friday it has a "patient transition plan" for Express Scripts members, as it tries to keep both businesses and individual customers.. It also includes a discount during January on the membership fee for the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.
GM recalling Chevrolet
Sonics to check brake pads
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4,000 of its 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars to check for missing brake pads.
Some Sonics could be missing an inner or outer brake pad, which could increase stopping distance. GM said there are no known crashes or injuries related to the issue.
The recall involves 4,296 of GM's 2012 Sonics sold in the U.S. Affected models are from the Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant, which makes Sonics for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Dealers will inspect front brakes on Sonics for missing inner or outer pads and install new pads, if necessary. Customers affected by the recall will receive dealer letters beginning Jan. 14.
Letter airs harassment
 claims against HP's ex-CEO


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's efforts to impress an HP event hostess included showing her his checking-account balance holding over $1 million, according to a letter detailing the sexual harassment allegations that led to his ouster.
The letter was obtained late Thursday by The Associated Press after the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that disclosing it did not violate Delaware laws. In rejecting efforts by Hurd's lawyers to keep it confidential, the court concluded that the letter does not contain trade secrets, non-public financial information or third-party confidential information.

 

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