Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) finally took the plunge into the pharmaceutical market with its approximately $1 billion acquisition of five-year-old PillPack, an online pharmacy startup based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in the deal’s announcement, but on June 28, the day of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal quoted sources on the price. In April […]

Cardinal Health Sells Majority Stake in NaviHealth

Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) does a lot of business with private equity firms, but usually as an acquirer, not a seller. In August 2015, Cardinal acquired NaviHealth from Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe for $290 million. In June 2018, it sold a 55% stake in NaviHealth to Clayton, Dublier & Rice for an undisclosed amount. Cardinal’s initial […]

Cardinal Health Sheds its China Operations

Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH) put its Cardinal Health China business up for sale in July of this year, following concerns that upcoming drug distribution reform could threaten the company’s growth. Cardinal’s China business is the eighth largest drug distributor in the country, operating 14 direct sales units and 17 distribution centers that cover 322 […]

Medical Device Sector Is Most Active in H1:17

The Medical Device sector has been humming. Granted, it comprises a huge range of things, from hip and knee joints to cardiovascular devices. Since 2016, 176 deals have been announced, and $102 billion has been committed based on 73 disclosed prices. Among the 176 deals, 14 target companies specialize in cardiovascular devices, 14 specialize in orthopedic […]

naviHealth Buys Curaspan

naviHealth is moving deeper into post-acute care transitions, in an effort to follow the bundled payments from end-to-end. Last week the company announced it will acquire Curaspan Health Group for an undisclosed amount. Just last August, naviHealth was the target in a $290 million deal, as Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) acquired 71% of the company from Welsh, […]

Cardinal Health Buys NaviHealth

Rumors surfaced last week that Nashville-based NaviHealth, a portfolio company of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, was about to be acquired by Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH). Our friend in Nashville, Milt Capps, published the story on his Venture Nashville Connections blog on August 24. Sure enough, the story was verified on August 25 when Cardinal […]

March Healthcare M&A Madness

March isn’t quite over as we write this, and neither is the madness—which won’t stop us from posting the biggest deals of the month. As of Friday, March 27, $34.4 billion has been committed to finance about 105 transactions. Of course, $21 billion of that comes from the AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) acquisition of Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ: […]

Year’s Biggest Billion-Dollar Deals Top $64 Billion

Already in 2015, we’ve recorded 11 billion-dollar-plus deals, for a total of $64.4 billion. Thanks to the $21 billion AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) bid for Pharmacyclics (NASDAQ: PCYC), the biotechnology sector accounted for $27.5 billion of those big deals. Pharmaceuticals, with four billion-plus transactions, still ranks first, with combined spending of $30.45 billion.