NEW YORK -- Thomas Ryan, chief executive officer of CVS Corp., says the prescription drug business is the best he has seen in 20 years. But if Ryan's recent address to a group of financial analysts is any indication, the pharmacy's front end is where the real action is. Speaking at the annual Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Food & Drug Retailing Conference here last month, Ryan outlined a growth plan for CVS that strongly emphasizes profitable nonpharmacy categories like vitamins, ...

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