Longs Drug Stores Announces Strategic Relationship With Microsoft HealthVault

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Longs Drug Stores Corporation (NYSE: LDG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to connect with Microsoft HealthVault, a consumer health platform for sharing information with patients and providers. Working with Microsoft towards a planned launch this fall, Longs will be one of the first pharmacies to offer consumers this feature which allows them to access their medication information and, if they choose, share it with others in a security-enhanced environment. HealthVault is an innovative platform that creates connectivity between patients and physicians, to promote better health, wellness and fitness while allowing the consumer to better manage their health information.

"We are excited to collaborate with Longs to bring people new tools for managing their health and wellness," said Dr. Jim Mault, director, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. "Connecting the Longs.com website with HealthVault will offer consumers a simple way to track their medications and share that vital information with providers as needed."

"Longs has long been a supporter of innovative technologies to better serve our patients. Providing access to electronic records and teaming with organizations such as Microsoft serves to empower our patients and we hope, improve their overall health," said Mike Laddon, Longs Drugs SVP, CIO.

Microsoft HealthVault is located on the web at http://www.healthvault.com.

About Longs Drug Stores Corporation

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Longs Drug Stores Corporation (NYSE: LDG) is one of the most recognized retail drug store chains on the West Coast and in Hawaii. The Company operates more than 500 retail pharmacies and offers a wide assortment of merchandise focusing on health, wellness, beauty and convenience. Longs also provides pharmacy benefit management services and Medicare beneficiary prescription drug plans through its wholly-owned subsidiary, RxAmerica, LLC. Additional information about Longs and its services is available at http://www.longs.com and more information about RxAmerica is available at http://www.rxamerica.com.

Contact: Mark L. Holz

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