Aug 7, 2018

Carl Icahn calls Cigna-Express Scripts merger a "travesty"

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The proposed merger between Cigna and Express Scripts would be a "travesty," activist investor Carl Icahn wrote in an open letter to shareholders this morning. Ichan said Amazon and the Trump administration, together, could challenge Express Scripts' "very existence" over the next few years.

Between the lines: Express Scripts is the country's biggest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) — the middlemen between drug companies and insurance coverage. But the Trump administration is focusing on PBMs in its effort to bring down prescription drug prices, and Amazon is still looking to enter the pharmacy business.

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Alaska becomes latest state to issue coronavirus stay-at-home order

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Alaska issued a mandate Friday evening for all people in the state to "remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing" except for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions, effective Saturday at 5 p.m.

The big picture: This is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide were asked to stay home Monday.

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