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Adam Fein

Specialty to become bigger Rx sales booster

Specialty to become bigger Rx sales booster

Pharmaceutical supply chain and economics expert Adam Fein, CEO of the Drug Channels Institute, says specialty drugs continue to hoist pharmacy industry sales, according to his firm’s latest analysis. “We project that the pharmacy industry’s revenues will exceed $483 billion in 2020,” stated Fein, author of the 2016 Economic Report on Retail, Mail, and Specialty Pharmacies

WBA shakes up industry with Rite Aid acquisition

WBA shakes up industry with Rite Aid acquisition

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The consolidation of chain drug retailing climaxed last month with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s (WBA’s) acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. In the largest outright purchase of a chain in the industry’s history, WBA agreed to acquire Rite Aid for $9 per share, or $17.2 billion, including debt. The price represents a premium

WBA-Rite Aid deal likely to draw scrutiny from regulators

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance may have to divest up to 400 of the Rite Aid stores it is acquiring to satisfy antitrust regulations, analysts said. WBA is not publicly speculating on how many units it will have to shutter, said chief executive officer Stefano Pessina. “We have analyzed things very carefully,” he said

After PBMs weigh in, Valeant drops Philidor

NEW YORK — After CVS Caremark and two other pharmacy benefit managers announced that they are terminating mail-order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services LLC from their networks, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it would also sever ties with Philidor. Philidor has been accused of bolstering sales of products made by the Canadian-based drug ­manufacturer Valeant. Joining CVS

CVS to gain more clout by acquiring Target Rx business

CVS to gain more clout by acquiring Target Rx business

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Continuing its aggressive growth and diversification, CVS Health has purchased Target Corp.’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for some $1.9 billion. The acquisition propels CVS past Walgreens as the nation’s No. 1 pharmacy operator by market share and store count. CVS will have close to 9,500 prescription counters. Walgreens had 8,232 as of

PBM addition key for Rite Aid

PBM addition key for Rite Aid

Rite Aid’s acquisition of PBM EnvisionRx was seen by industry observers as a big plus for the drug chain. Fitch Ratings called the deal “a positive move as it will enable the company to expand its distribution channels by getting a foothold in the specialty and mail-order channels.” “The acquisition is supported by Rite Aid’s improved

Sizing up specialty pharmacy

Sizing up specialty pharmacy

As in the retail pharmacy arena, the specialty pharmacy market is dominated by a small number of companies, noted the Drug Channels Institute, which has released its 2014-15 Economic Report on Retail, Mail, and Specialty Pharmacies. “The specialty pharmaceutical boom is reshaping the pharmacy industry’s market structure. Ten companies account for 70% of specialty pharmacy