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Walgreens Puts Four Pharmacists on Unpaid Leave

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St.Louis, Walgreen Co. said it has put four Illinois pharmacists in the St. Louis area on unpaid leave for refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception in violation of state law.

The four cited religious or moral objections to filling prescriptions for the morning-after pill and indicated they wanted to maintain their right to refuse to dispense which would put them in violation of state law. A rule imposed by Governor Rod Blagojevich in April requires Illinois pharmacies that sell contraceptives approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

An attorney for the pharmacists said they would consider legal action if Walgreen’s did not reconsider. A spokesperson for Walgreen’s said the pharmacists would remain on unpaid leave until they either decide to abide by Illinois law or relocate to another state without such a law.

Walgreen policy says pharmacists can refuse to fill prescriptions to which they are morally opposed—except where state law prohibits—but they must take steps to have it filled by another pharmacist or store.

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Pathmark 3Q Loss Widens

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Carteret, N.J., Pathmark Stores Inc. reported a net loss of $18.3 million, compared to a net loss of $3.6 million the year before. Sales rose 0.1% to $980.5 million despite a 0.6% decrease in same-store sales.

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GameStop Has Tough 3Q

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Grapevine, Texas, GameStop Corp. reported a net loss of $2.5 million in the third quarter, which includes $18.8 million in expenses related to the retailer’s merger with Electronics Boutique. That compares with net earnings of $12.1 million in the year-ago period.

Sales for the third quarter grew 28.2% to $534.2 million despite a 12% decline in same-store sales.

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