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Q1:18 Health Care M&A Stays Strong

Health care merger and acquisition activity in the first quarter of 2018 kept pace with the previous quarter in 2017. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, deal volume increased 1%, to 386 transactions. However, deal volume was down 12% compared with the same quarter the year before. Combined spending in the first quarter reached […]

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March Added One Mega-Deal, and Saw Another One Halted

After a busy M&A month in February, with 125 deals reported, March didn’t disappoint. Preliminary results show deal volume equaled the previous month’s total. The figures look good, in the face of the recent stock market swings, the Trump administration’s talk of trade wars and cancelling trade deals. But a look back to March 2017 […]

Q1:18 Results: Healthcare Goes Retail

First, the easy news. Deal volume in the first quarter of 2018 was on par with the previous quarter’s total of 380 deals. Preliminary data show 378 transactions were announced in the first quarter, making for a decline of 1% that will likely be erased as more deal activity is uncovered. Compared with the first […]

Cigna Bids $67 Billion to Stay in the Race

Cigna (NYSE: CI) is buying Express Scripts Holdings (NYSE: ESRX) for $67 billion, including debt. Some company was going to buy it, we just weren’t sure who. The deal follows the announcement of the $77 billion CVS Health/Aetna (NYSE: CVS/AET) deal and the $4.9 billion Optum/DaVita Medical Group (NYSE: UNH/DVA) hook-up in December 2017. That’s when the […]

Managed Care Sector Had a Big Q4:17

The fourth quarter of 2017 will be remembered for some time to come, thanks to the game-changing deal announced between pharmacy/retailer CVS Health and Aetna, one of the largest managed care companies in the country. That was only one deal, of course, and there were actually 10 transactions announced in Q4:17. Fourth quarter deal volume […]

Diplomat Adds Pharmacy Benefits Management to Its Roster

Pharmacy benefit management (PBM) deals have picked up slightly in 2017. With less than two months left in the year, six of these deals have been announced, up from 2016’s total of three deals. The most recent announcement is Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.’s (NYSE: DPLO) acquisition of National Pharmaceutical Services for $47 million. Diplomat, a specialty pharmaceutical […]

Deal of the Week: Express Scripts Diversifies

Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) didn’t hedge its bets that online retail giant Amazon will enter the prescription drug delivery market.  On October 10, the leading pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) acquired South Carolina-based eviCore healthcare from its current investors, including General Atlantic, TA Associates, and Ridgemont Equity Partners, for $3.6 billion.