Category Archives: Growth and M&A

Digital Health IPOs in 2019

Livongo and Health Catalyst made the public markets late last month, showcasing how the market in terms of VC and customer acquisition for B2B healthcare and the wider tech industry will likely adapt. On the surface both companies may look like healthcare companies but on

Pillpack originally to be acquired by Walmart before Amazon bid

Pillpack was to be acquired by Walmart. That was the news then! According to the NIH, Medication nonadherence rates range from 25% to 50%. Nearly half of all adults have at least one chronic disease and the percentage of Americans taking at least one prescription

Walmart and Humana, a merger or joint venture?

According to a WSJ article, the two companies are in talks on a merger. What a lot of people don’t realize is that both companies already have a relationship. According to the NY Times, since 2010, they have sold a co-branded prescription drug benefit (PDP)

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Albertsons gets green light to acquire Rite Aid

Grocery chain operator Albertsons has just received the go-ahead from the government to acquire Rite Aid. That deal will combine approximately 2500 Rite Aid stores with Albertson’s 2200 grocery stores which include brands such as Safeways and Jewel Osco. Of the key offering in the

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Rite Aid completes transfer of stores to Walgreens

According to a March 2018 press release, 1932 stores and three distribution centers have now been transferred to Walgreens Boot Alliance for an estimated $4B. However, that doesn’t account for all of Rite Aid’s approximately 4500 drug stores.  Due to a government antitrust Walgreens/Rite Aid

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CVS Health and Aetna

We have all heard the news by now of the Aetna and CVS Health $69B merger. What remains to be seen is the disruptive element. It’s business as usual. Or perhaps – economy of scale? There was already a tie up as far back as 8 years

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Cigna and Express Scripts

It is no longer a secret that these two firms are merging. Considering that their main competitors already have pharmacy benefit managers (PBM)-  United – Optum Rx, Humana (it’s own PBM), and Aetna (CVS Caremark), it makes sense. According to Fierce Pharma, the industry continue