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Fred Meyer, QFC Introduce $4 Generic Drugs

Saturday, April 5, 2008 General News J E 4
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PORTLAND, Ore. and BELLEVUE, Wash., April 4, 2008 Startingtoday, Fred Meyer Stores and QFC will begin offering pharmacy customers somegeneric drugs for $4 per prescription. The $4 generic prescriptions will beavailable at all QFC pharmacies in Washington and Oregon, and at all FredMeyer pharmacies in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The $4 price will apply to more than 300 generic drugs prescribed for30-day supplies for commonly prescribed dosages. Lists of the participatingpharmacies and eligible generic drugs are available athttp://www.fredmeyer.com/generic or at http://www.qfc.com/generic or bycalling 1-877-4RX-LIST (1-877-479-5478).

The Fred Meyer and QFC programs include generic alternatives for some ofthe most commonly prescribed drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes,asthma, depression, heart disease, thyroid and other health problems.

The $4 generic prescriptions provide Fred Meyer and QFC customers with anaffordable alternative to meet their health care and medication needs.Customers interested in the low-price generic drugs should consult theirdoctors or pharmacists to determine if a generic drug is available for theirprescription and if it is right for them. The $4 prescriptions are availablein Fred Meyer and QFC pharmacies as well as through on-line and telephoneorders for customers to pick up in a store.

Separately, Fred Meyer and QFC will offer generic versions of the familyplanning drugs Ortho Cyclen(R) and Ortho Tri Cyclen(R) (28-day supply) and thegeneric version of the fertility drug Clomid(R) for $9.

About Generic Drugs

Generic drugs are as safe and effective as brand name drugs (according tofederal law, they must be therapeutically equivalent to brand name drugs) yetcost significantly less. After a company's exclusive right to market amedication expires, other companies are allowed to develop generic equivalents-- usually at a much lower cost.

About Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping atits 129 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 FredMeyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and generalmerchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range insize from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 productsunder one roof. Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes more than $5 million tocommunities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred MeyerFund as well as product donations, cash donations and sponsorships. Fred MeyerStores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information,please visit our Web site at http://www.fredmeyer.com.

About QFC

Founded in Seattle more than 50 years ago, QFC is headquartered inBellevue, Wash., and operates 75 stores in western Washington and in Portland,Ore. QFC has a long history as a neighborhood grocer, offering the highestquality products, exceptional service, and the finest shopping experience inthe market. In 2007, QFC donated $1.5 million to the communities it serves anddonated nearly 3 million pounds of food to local food banks in westernWashington and Portland. QFC is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Formore information, please visit our Web site at http://www.qfc.com.

SOURCE Fred Meyer Stores; QFC
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