CHICAGO — The numbers in pharmacy are huge and so are the opportunities for supermarkets, said Thom Blischok, president of IRI Global Retail and Strategic Consulting, Information Resources Inc. here. While spending on health care will nearly double from $2.2 trillion in 2006 to $4.1 trillion in 2016, the number of prescriptions will grow from 1.6 billion in 2006 to more than 2 billion in 2010, and pharmacy is the fastest-growing category in the supermarket at 8% last year, challenges ...

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