Bob Herman Apr 16
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Amazon pulls back drug distribution plans

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Amazon isn't jumping into drug distribution for now. Photo: David Ryder / Getty Images

Amazon is suspending plans to sell and distribute prescription drugs and instead will continue to focus on "less sensitive" medical supplies, CNBC reports. Logistics and hospitals' current relationships forced Amazon to abandon its plans, although they could be revived.

The big picture: The thought of Amazon's cost-cutting tactics entering health care in a bigger way has routinely freaked out the industry, but it turns out health care is complicated. Stock prices of companies in the drug supply chain, like McKesson and CVS, shot up sharply on the news.

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Trump's next guest: Merkel follows Macron

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive in Washington tomorrow a diminished figure — limping into her fourth term after six months of torturous coalition talks and touching down in the afterglow of Emmanuel Macron’s state visit.

Flashback: Days after Trump’s election in November 2016, Barack Obama flew to Germany and hailed Merkel — then TIME’s reigning Person of the Year — as “my closest international partner these last eight years.” Headlines declared that she had, however reluctantly, become the "leader of the free world."