Anthem had been a major customer for Express Scripts, but said previous year it would not be renewing the contract and was instead planning to launch a new pharmacy benefit management company, with CVS providing prescription fulfillment and claims processing services. In December, CVS Health, a major PBM, announced it would acquire the insurer Aetna. Cigna and Express Scripts are embroiled in separate litigation involving Anthem.
Executives with both companies praised the deal, which they hope to complete by the end of the year. Express Scripts also distributes a full range of biopharmaceutical products and provides extensive cost-management and patient-care services.
"Our society needs a step function improvement in affordability that is delivered in a highly personalized fashion, having the consumer touch points, having the further depth in clinical engagement", Cordani said on a conference call with analysts. The deal is created to give Cigna a competitive advantage-or at least a fighting chance-amid a series of big moves in the PBM market by heavy-hitters looking to rein in rising costs as the healthcare industry's landscape keeps shifting.
The deal comes at a time when consumers and lawmakers are increasingly concerned about rising health care costs, including prescription drugs. The president's Council of Economic Advisers, in a recent report, criticized the companies' market power and the opacity of their drug-price contracts. The company had a trading volume of 39,907,624 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,550,000. The broad Health Care Plans industry has an average P/S ratio of 16.24, which is significantly worse than the sector's 6.58. OptumRx, a division of UnitedHealth Group Inc.
CVS acquired pharmacy benefit manager Caremark in 2006. Anthem since then said it would not renew its PBM contract with Express Scripts.
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"Now, if I make an investment to increase my drug spending, with the hope that it flows back to lower medical spending in the future, I know that I'm going to benefit from that", said Craig Garthwaite, an associate professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management.
As mentioned above, Express Scripts is having an incredibly strong start to the trading session this morning after announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired. Express Scripts will retain a headquarters in St. Louis. This translated into an aggregate value of about $54 billion.
David Balto, an antitrust lawyer who has opposed the CVS-Aetna deal and other health insurance mergers argued that the new deal could mean trouble for CVS-Aetna.
Before the deal, our analysis was that ESRX faced considerable risk.
Gerard Anderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, worries that large employers will have less choice when they are looking for health benefits. Organizations in that category manage prescription drug programs for commercial and government-provided health plans. Tim Wentworth, president and CEO of Express Scripts, will be president and chief operating officer of Health Services.
Cigna (NYSE: CI), based in Bloomfield, CT, said in its announcement that it was purchasing Express Scripts in a deal aimed at "making healthcare simpler" for its members, and at creating "an expanded portfolio of health services with greater choice".
Gasoline stocks fell by 6.3 million barrels last week, compared with analysts' expectations for a 1.2 million-barrel drop. The WTI crude oil futures with delivery in April rose by 0.07 United States dollars, or 0.1%, to 61.03 USD per barrel.
A quiet month of worldwide football ensured there was minimal change in the global standings, with Africa's sides no different. In a similar development, Tunisia, Senegal, Congo D.R., and Morocco are unchanged on the continent's top four standing.
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This years event is quite loaded when you consider Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will make their debut at the Copperhead Course . He won this tournament in 2015 in a playoff over Sean O'Hair and Patrick Reed and was 18 in 2016 before skipping a year ago.
The Jets identified Bridgewater and McCown as their Plan B option before they entered into talks with Cousins. The free agent quarterback is on the verge of a big payday at age 29, his first time on the open market.
First responders had to use ropes to rappel down the ravine to reach the injured and then use equipment to cut out them out. Channelview ISD Superintendent Greg Ollis said there were 40 students on the bus that crashed along with six adults.
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Disappointingly, though, following what would go down in history as the "Rabada Test", will be a couple of "Rabada-less" Tests. The third Test, to be held in Cape Town beginning Thursday March 22, looms as a pivotal match in the series.
The terrorist organization continues to negotiate with Iran-backed groups to get Gubar back, the sources said. He said in the initial phase 2,000 square kilometers (772.2 square miles) will be taken into control.
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