drugstore.com, inc. Partners with Zone Diet Creator, Dr. Barry Sears; New Service Offers Personalized Vitamin and Nutrition Packs for Zone Dieters

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2003--drugstore.com, inc. (Nasdaq:DSCM), the leading online retailer of health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy products, today announced a partnership with Dr. Barry Sears, Sears Labs, and Dr. Sears' official Zone Diet Web site (www.zonediet.com).

Using technology acquired through its purchase of Custom Nutrition Services, drugstore.com, inc. will offer its personalized vitamin assessment tool, the Zone VitaminRx Profiler, to consumers on the official Zone Diet Web site.

"The Zone Diet changes lives in a very meaningful way, and drugstore.com(TM) is proud to be in partnership with Dr. Barry Sears to provide a convenient resource of information, services and nutritional products," said Jason Brown, vice president, specialty retail of drugstore.com, inc.

The Zone VitaminRx Profiler program was designed by Dr. Barry Sears, Dr. Stacey Bell, M.S., R.d., vice president of medical research and education of Sears Labs, and other health care professionals, and provides specific vitamin and nutritional supplement recommendations based on each person's age, gender, medical and family history, diet, lifestyle and medications. The Zone VitaminRx Profiler will offer consumers a personalized selection of vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements, including pharmaceutical-grade OmegaRx(TM) fish oil supplements, which work to enhance the Zone program. Consumers will receive a monthly supply of daily dose packages, the Zone CustomPak(TM), designed to complement and support the Zone Diet and lifestyle. Zone CustomPak(TM) vitamins and supplements are manufactured according to strict quality control guidelines, and all product ingredients are tested both before and after manufacturing to ensure that all ingredients and dosages are correct.

Benefits of the Zone CustomPak(TM) supplement program include:


1. CustomPak(TM) supplements contain ingredients of the highest
quality in pharmaceutical-grade packaging.

2. CustomPak(TM) supplements are delivered direct to the consumer,
at prices comparable to those of natural food stores.

3. Medication use is taken into account to help prevent potential
drug-nutrient interactions.

4. Daily-dose packets are simple, convenient, and specific to each
individual's needs.

5. Monthly delivery of CustomPak(TM) supplements helps provide a
preventive regimen for optimal health.

"Everything we produce at Sears Labs is based on quality and scientific integrity that leads to evidence-based wellness," said Dr. Barry Sears. "The ability to grow with a like-minded partner such as drugstore.com(TM) provides a tremendous opportunity for Sears Labs to offer even more support on all levels to followers of the Zone Diet principles."

Developed by Dr. Barry Sears, renowned biochemical researcher and author of nine Zone books, the Zone Diet is one of the leading dietary systems for achieving long-term weight loss and optimal health through hormonal control.

About drugstore.com

drugstore.com, inc. (Nasdaq:DSCM) is the leading online health, beauty, wellness, personal care, and pharmacy solution in the world. The drugstore.com(TM) online store provides a convenient, private, and informative shopping experience that encourages consumers to purchase products essential to healthy, everyday living. The online store offers thousands of brand-name personal health care products at competitive prices; a full-service, licensed retail pharmacy; and a wealth of health-related information, buying guides and other tools designed to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions. Consumers can personalize their shopping experiences with shopping lists, e-mail reminders for replenishing regularly used products and private e-mail access to pharmacists and beauty experts for questions.

drugstore.com, inc. has been awarded the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a fully licensed facility exercising the best safe pharmacy practices in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

About Sears Labs

Sears Labs Inc. is engaged in research, development, education, marketing and distribution of functional food products that alter hormonal response directed to both the medical and consumer markets. Founded by Dr. Barry Sears, Sears Labs is dedicated to changing the focus of 21st century health care from crisis management to maintenance of wellness. To that end, Sears Labs has developed a range of non-prescription food products that have a two-fold purpose: to provide support to consumers whose goal is to maintain good health and prevent chronic disease, as well as to offer treatment for individuals with chronic disease conditions.

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