Only weeks before its initial implementation, there remains significant uncertainty about the new Medicare drug benefit among retailers and their customers. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, as it is officially known, was passed by Congress last fall and signed into law by President Bush. It will be rolled out in two phases: a temporary discount drug card program, with sign-ups starting on May 3; and then the full program, which will be implemented ...

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