It’s nearly impossible to understate just how important the CVS acquisition of Aetna will be for the pharmacy world.
What makes the deal so attractive for CVS—threats from Amazon, a desire to be more like UnitedHealthcare, pressure to move away from traditional dispensing model, and more—says a lot about the future of all pharmacy.
Now that the deal is no longer just Wall Street speculation, nearly every player in the pharmacy industry seems to have a say on what the deal will mean for CVS and Aetna customers (and pharmacists). The deal is still subject to antitrust scrutiny and while most analysts say the deal will go through, some speculate about its future.
To help you sort through this very complicated issue, here are five quotes from around the pharmacy world on what a future with a merged CVS and Aetna will look like. From pharmacy groups to financial analysts, here’s what you need to know.