Third generation pharmacist Dr. Paige Thomas Houston, left, talks with pharmacy technician Ashlyn Hair as they work at Houston's independent Thomas Drug Store in Dunn, NC on Jan. 20, 2016. Many small independently owned drug stores like hers struggle financially without regulation in the industry to ensure benefit management firms are appropriately reimbursing pharmacies for the drugs they dispense.
Third generation pharmacist Dr. Paige Thomas Houston, left, talks with pharmacy technician Ashlyn Hair as they work at Houston's independent Thomas Drug Store in Dunn, NC on Jan. 20, 2016. Many small independently owned drug stores like hers struggle financially without regulation in the industry to ensure benefit management firms are appropriately reimbursing pharmacies for the drugs they dispense. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Third generation pharmacist Dr. Paige Thomas Houston, left, talks with pharmacy technician Ashlyn Hair as they work at Houston's independent Thomas Drug Store in Dunn, NC on Jan. 20, 2016. Many small independently owned drug stores like hers struggle financially without regulation in the industry to ensure benefit management firms are appropriately reimbursing pharmacies for the drugs they dispense. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

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