Avella Specialty Pharmacy Goes to OptumRx

The auction for Riordan, Lewis & Haden‘s portfolio company, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, was well under way back in February, according to industry sources. UnitedHealth Group‘s (NYSE: UNH) Optum was reported to be in the lead, and then things went dark. It wasn’t until UnitedHealth Group’s third quarter earnings report was published on October 16 that […]

March 2016’s Biggest Health Care Deals

Health care companies are still attracting buyers, and those in the services sectors seem to be the hottest. Last month saw healthy deal volume, at 134 transactions. For a year that started slowly for health care mergers and acquisitions, March 2016’s deal volume is only 3% lower than the same month a year ago. Industry […]

Busy Year for Billion-Dollar Health Care Deals

Last week we noted that April was a slow month for healthcare deals. Then we checked our database, DealSearchOnline.com, and discovered there have been 19 billion-dollar deal announcements already in 2015, through May 8th, with a combined total of $103.6 billion. The total for the entire year is about to top $120 billion, on 487 […]

Optum Buys MedExpress

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is still in acquisition mode. Two weeks ago its OptumRx subsidiary announced a $1.0 billion deal for pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. (NASDAQ: CTRX). Last week, another subsidiary, Optum, reached a deal for MedExpress, a privately held chain of full-service neighborhood medical centers in 11 states. Financial terms were not disclosed, […]

Catamaran Sails into OptumRx’s Harbor

As the free-standing pharmacy care business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), OptumRx has serious backing when the right target comes along. Last week, the right one came along in the form of Catamaran Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRX), the nation’s fourth-largest provider of pharmacy benefit management services and healthcare information technology solutions. The offer was $61.50 per […]