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Groups Allege Indiana Pharmacy Board Conflict

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Two activist groups are asking Indiana's inspector general to investigate whether the former president of the state pharmacy board who works for Walgreens acted properly in advocating the company's proposed pharmacy counter overhaul.
Common Cause Indiana and Change to Win argue emails it obtained in public records requests show William Cover improperly pushed for the changes that moved pharmacists from behind a counter to a floor workstation closer to customers.
The groups say the new setup risks patient privacy because the pharmacists often leave their desks in public areas. 
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency spokeswoman Sue Swayze tells The Indianapolis Star that Cover was merely coordinating logistical issues before the 2011 board vote to approve the remodeling. Cover abstained from that vote.
Walgreen Co. says the store layout is safe.

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