HOUSTON — Supermarket pharmacies were ready to respond when Hurricane Ike hit this month. Kroger Co., Cincinnati, and H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, sent pharmacy trailers to the area, and Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., said evacuees could use a new emergency response network to obtain medications at other stores. “We've got teams from our Kroger mobile pharmacy unit in the Houston area,” said Kroger spokeswoman Meghan Glynn. They went down before the hurricane hit to be in place, and ...

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