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Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), one of the largest U.S. pharmacy chains, made a takeover approach to AmerisourceBergen (ABC), one of the biggest pharmaceutical wholesalers, The Wall Street Journal reports. A deal, which is not believed to be imminent, could help boost profitability at the drugstore giant and insulate it against external threats in an increasingly competitive health-care landscape. Walgreens, by the way, already owns about 26 percent of Amerisource and also has a representative on the Amerisource board.

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