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Next industry for Amazon to conquer? Maybe pharmacies

Renton Technical College has a reputation at the national level for getting students to complete technical training, and it’s one of the colleges that helped create an innovative program called I-BEST. The containers in the classroom pharmacy are real but the school uses beans as a substitute to real drugs for learning purposes. 

Commentary: According to a CNBC report, Amazon is considering a leap into the prescription-drug business. It wouldn’t be easy, but the industry and its investors shouldn’t dismiss the threat. 

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