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Walgreen adds benefits to customer savings club

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Drugstore chain Walgreen Co. is beefing up its Prescription Savings Club program for customers by expanding the discounts it offers on generic drugs, vaccines and other items.

The Deerfield, Ill., company said Tuesday it added 300 drugs to its "value-priced generics" category, which offers medications in tiered discounts with some priced at $10 for a 90-day supply. It also expanded discounts on vaccines beyond flu shots to include immunizations for pneumonia, tetanus, whooping cough, shingles and forms of hepatitis.

The company also added discounts for its Take Care in-store clinics and on Walgreen, W and Nice! branded products through the program.

Walgreen started the club in 2006 and charges annual membership fees of $20 for individuals and $35 for families, including pets. A company spokesman said its membership tops 3 million.

Walgreen is the largest U.S. drugstore chain and operated 7,855 drugstores at the end of last month. Its shares climbed 17 cents to $33.02 in late morning trading, while broader trading indexes also rose slightly.