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P&G acquires Merck’s consumer health business

In a continued trend, pharmaceutical companies are offloading their low margin consumer health divisions to focus on high risk, high reward prescription drug discovery business. German based Merck found a partner in Cincinnati headquartered P&G to sell it’s consumer health business, which features OTC products

Insights on AI from healthcare leaders

The World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston just wrapped after three days of insights on artificial intelligence in health care. While it didn’t disappoint in respect to buzzwords as is expected in AI conferences, it was the quality of the participants and their views on

EHR Data interoperability: Apple, Google, CMS and FHIR

Data interoperability is the flavor of the month. Everyone is working on it. Different EHR providers mean ‘proprietary data’ and impact to revenue hence naturally system A can’t talk to system B when patient changes health plan, provider or employer benefits Apple may be bringing

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Facebook and the healthcare sector

Considering the launch of a Bayer campaign back in 2016 reported by Fierce Pharma, Facebook has been building teams that sell pharma ads to the health care sector. While still in the early stages, it is no secret that Google built those teams years ago

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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GSK diversifies revenue with Consumer Health division

According to the FT, GSK bought out Novartis 36.5% stake in their consumer health joint venture partnership for $13B. That move brings to GSK – sole ownership of products such as OTC tooth paste Sensodyne while enabling GSK to strengthen its consumer health division within

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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