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CVS/Caremark merger

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Caremark Rx announces Jan. 7 its merger with CVS will "result in new and broader disease management and wellness services delivered through Caremark's and CVS's combined 21,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners along with Caremark's analytic capabilities and clinical programs." The Nashville, Tenn.-based firm says its pending combination with CVS will "define and lead the next evolution of the pharmaceutical services industry." In response to a lawsuit filed by Express Scripts, CVS says: "This is just another desperate attempt by Express Scripts to derail a merger that not only has the complete support of both the CVS and Caremark boards, but also has received strong support from customers and employees of both companies." Caremark refused a $26.5 bil. offer Express Scripts made in December...

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