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News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Walgreen's proposed acquisition of Rite Aid could have a big impact on high drug prices, but how remains to be seen. The $17.2 billion deal announced Tuesday would create the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S. if regulators approve it. Some experts say the combined chain could reduce costs and create more leverage when negotiating with drug...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy Rite Aid Corp. for about $9.4 billion, combining two of the nation's largest drugstore chains as they bulk up to better compete in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Walgreens has about 8,200 stores throughout the United States, including 637 in California. Rite Aid operates about 4...
News Story
7/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SINKING SPRING, Pa. — As the end of each month nears, Megan Short frets. Her 1-year-old daughter, Willow, cannot afford to miss even a single dose of a drug she takes daily to prevent her body from rejecting her transplanted heart. Because of stringent rules from her drug plan and the pharmacy she is required to use, Ms. Short cannot order a...
News Story
7/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Teva Pharmaceuticals has yet to buy Mylan Laboratories , but several advocacy groups are so leery a merger would harm consumers that they wrote a letter urging the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to block any deal that may occur between the generic drug rivals. They cite antitrust concerns that prices would rise, shortages would develop and...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer organization and an anonymous HIV/AIDS patient are suing Aetna in federal court, claiming the insurer discriminates against people with HIV/AIDS by requiring them to buy medications through the mail starting Jan. 1. The plaintiffs say the mail order requirement is expensive and violates patients' privacy. The patient and advocacy...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Aetna Inc., saying a new policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS by making them get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy. Consumer Watchdog, which sued Friday in federal court, says mailing the drugs puts patients’ privacy at risk and is is...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
CMS Launches Investigation Into Potentially Discriminatory Plans The Obama administration has announced that it will investigate prescription drug plans and other health benefits offered by insurers to determine whether companies are discriminating against people with chronic conditions such as AIDS, mental illness and diabetes, the New York...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Aetna on Jan. 1 will force customers with HIV or AIDS to buy medicine from a subsidiary or pay thousands of dollars or more each month, a class action claims in Federal Court.      John Doe et al. sued Aetna, Aetna Healthcare, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy on Dec. 19. They also claim that the new policy...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog filed a lawsuit Friday against Aetna in federal court in San Diego, claiming the insurer discriminated against patients with HIV.   Because Aetna requires HIV patients to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy--with early refills of the drugs not permitted--Consumer...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group has sued the health insurer Aetna, claiming that it discriminated against patients with H.I.V. when it required them to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in San Diego by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, argues that Aetna’s policy violates the...