FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2007
Contact: Laurie Fink, Director of Media Relations: 301-841-2602
Cystic Fibrosis Services Partners with drugstore.com to Launch Co-Branded Web Store
Ten Percent of Online Purchases to Go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
(Washington, D.C.)—Cystic Fibrosis Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, announced today it has partnered with drugstore.com, inc. (NASDAQ: DSCM) to expand its current offerings to include a full range of over-the-counter products for purchase online. Through this partnership, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will receive a contribution equal to 10 percent of the sales generated through the new online store, which can be accessed at www.cfservicespharmacy.com by clicking on the “Over-the-Counter” tab.
“Cystic Fibrosis Services and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are tremendous organizations that do so much good,” said Dawn Lepore, president and CEO of drugstore.com. “We are delighted that this strategic partnership will help to fund basic research and care for CF patients while introducing the CF community to the convenience and wide selection of products available on drugstore.com.”
“We are excited to expand our offerings to the CF community,” said Dan Klein, vice president of Cystic Fibrosis Services. “Customers will be pleased with the convenience of the store’s one-stop shopping design and the fact that their purchases will benefit the CF Foundation. We are grateful to drugstore.com for directing part of the proceeds from each purchase to help people with cystic fibrosis.”
Customers with CF can purchase all of their prescription medications from the Cystic Fibrosis Services pharmacy Web site and then go to the new co-branded over-the-counter store to conveniently purchase items for personal care, health and beauty needs. The entire CF community, as well as the general public, are encouraged to visit and make purchases at the over-the-counter store, since a portion of sales will be contributed to the CF Foundation. Customer benefits include:
- Convenience: Customers can shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the comfort and privacy of their own home and have the benefit of home delivery.
- Selection: The drugstore.com over-the-counter Web store offers more than 28,000 products including hard-to-find items. The selection is much larger than brick-and-mortar drug stores, which are limited by shelf space.
- Valuable and relevant information: The online store features shopping guides, product comparisons, articles and additional product content.
- Shopping experience: Customers may take advantage of many features found on the co-branded store powered by drugstore.com, such as Auto Delivery for automatic delivery of items every 30, 45, 60, 90 or 180 days; Your List, which reminds customers what items they have previously purchased; and the FSA Store (flexible spending account) with more than 3,000 eligible products, FSA specific receipts for easy reimbursement or FSA debit cards for automatic reimbursement.
About the Cystic Fibrosis Services, Inc.
Cystic Fibrosis Services, Inc. (CF Services Pharmacy) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CF Services Pharmacy was established in 1988 as a specialty pharmacy to provide availability and access to CF medications, as well as assistance with the complex insurance issues faced in obtaining these medications. The CF Services Pharmacy shares in the CF Foundation’s mission to serve the CF population and help patients and families manage their prescription medication needs. Today, the CF Services Pharmacy continues this mission. More than just a pharmacy, the CF Services Pharmacy provides personalized service, patient advocacy, patient education and reimbursement support to the CF community. Furthermore, because the CF Foundation funds the groundbreaking research that brings new drugs and therapies to the market, the CF Services Pharmacy is immediately able to offer new medications when they become available. Together, the CF Services Pharmacy and the CF Foundation work toward improving the quality of life for individuals with CF.
About drugstore.com, inc.
drugstore.com, inc. (NASDAQ:DSCM) is a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision, and pharmacy products. The drugstore.com™ online store provides a convenient, private, and informative shopping experience that encourages consumers to purchase products essential to healthy, everyday living. The online store offers thousands of brand-name personal health care products at competitive prices; a full-service, licensed retail pharmacy; and a wealth of health-related information, buying guides, and other tools designed to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Consumers can personalize their shopping experiences with shopping lists, e-mail reminders for replenishing regularly used products, and private e-mail access to pharmacists and beauty experts for questions.
drugstore.com, inc. has been awarded the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a fully licensed facility exercising competent, safe pharmacy practices in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
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