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The highly anticipated launch of Drugstore.com goes off as scheduled, setting the stage for an intense battle among online pharmacies.

The highly anticipated launch of Drugstore.com came off as scheduled, setting the stage for an intense battle among online pharmacies. But lurking on the outskirts are the traditional drugstore chains, which have online plans of their own. Also today, Amazon.com revealed it has taken a 46 percent stake in the online pharmacy, further expanding its non-book e-commerce investments.

Drugstore.com launches with Amazon stake
update Drugstore.com launches, ending months of speculation over when the closely watched company would enter the emerging online pharmacy market, and fellow e-commerce business Amazon.com becomes the online pharmacy's largest shareholder.

Behind the counter at Drugstore.com
newsmaker Peter Neupert is no stranger to the Net, having earned his spurs as one of the main players behind MSNBC online.

Can Net drugstores outpace the chains?
news analysis Drugstore.com enters the online pharmacy foray, but the competition will extend beyond the Internet as the big chains show their muscle.