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The Jean Coutu Group Offers a Prescription Refill Service Over the iPhone

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Jean Coutu Group Offers a Prescription Refill Service Over the iPhone07:26 EDT Monday, June 28, 2010LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 28, 2010) - The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (TSX:PJC.A) has launched the first application in Canada allowing the refilling of prescriptions from a smart phone without going through a mobile website. Designed for iPhones and iPods Touch, the Jean Coutu APP offers the user the possibility of having his prescriptions or those of a family member refilled in a few easy steps. The user creates his own profile, selects his favourite pharmacy, enters the number of the prescription he wishes to have refilled, selects the time he will pick up his medication at the pharmacy and then forwards all information to his pharmacist. Registered and secured over the phone, the personal information provided by the user is protected by a password and this data is used for prescription refill purposes only. "We are very proud to add this new function to our Jean Coutu application. In cooperation with Tactio Software, we have created a state-of-the-art iPhone application that allows our customers to have their prescriptions refilled at any time. More and more people use a smart phone so it had become important to position ourselves at the technological forefront and so remain a leader in our sector," said Alain Lafortune, Senior Vice-president Purchasing and marketing at the Jean Coutu Group. The Jean Coutu application helps the customer to locate the five PJC Jean Coutu pharmacies closest to his home, select his favourite pharmacy, determine the location of pharmacies on a map, play the Jean Coutu jingle by pressing the PJC logo on the welcoming page, check the balance of his Jean Coutu gift card and register his AIR MILES(R) collector's number for convenience purposes. About The Jean Coutu GroupThe Jean Coutu Group is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing. The Company operates a network of 370 franchised stores in Canada located in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario under the banners of PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique, PJC Sante and PJC Sante Beaute, and employs more than 17,000 people. Furthermore, as of December 2007, the Jean Coutu Group owns Pro Doc Ltd ("Pro Doc"), a Quebec-based subsidiary and manufacturer of generic drugs. The Company also holds a significant interest in Rite Aid Corporation ("Rite Aid") a national chain of drugstores in the United States with nearly 4,800 drugstores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. Helene Bisson Vice-presidente, Communications 450-646-9611 ext. 1165 hbisson@jeancoutu.com