Good morning ... It's only been a year, but I forgot how much I love reading rate filings (not at all).
A lawsuit between startup CareZone and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts could provide an opening for Amazon to enter the pharmaceutical supply chain, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
The bottom line: The dispute is over what constitutes a mail-order pharmacy. And CareZone believes it could set the path for Amazon if it's successful against Express Scripts.
How it works: CareZone Pharmacy, the target of Express Scripts' action, encompasses two brick-and-mortar facilities that dispense medication. CareZone, a legally separate entity, is a smartphone app that helps people get their prescriptions at home, either through mail or courier.
How Amazon fits in: If CareZone wins this dispute, it could pave the way for other entities, like Amazon, to mimic this new kind of pharmacy business model on its own or through acquisition.
Two more states have released proposed Affordable Care Act premiums over the past few days. The results are a mixed bag.
Kentucky: Both of the insurers in the state's individual market are seeking premium hikes.
Florida: Nine insurers want to sell policies in the state's individual market, including seven who want to sell on its ACA exchange.
The Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a drug derived from marijuana. It's called Epidiolex, and it treats seizures associated with "two rare and severe forms of epilepsy," the agency said in a release.
Why it matters: Medical marijuana is getting a closer and more serious look in Washington right now, in part as an alternative to highly addictive prescription opioids.
One key difference: The new drug is made from a different part of the marijuana plant. It does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the compound in marijuana that gets you high.
The New York Times flags the story of Nicole Arteaga, whose doctor prescribed her a medication to end a pregnancy that had already failed.
What happened: Arteaga's doctor had told her that "there was no fetal heartbeat and the pregnancy would end in a miscarriage," and prescribed misoprostol "rather than have a surgical procedure to remove the fetal tissue from her uterus," per NYT.
Some commenters have called for Walgreen's to fire the pharmacist, but what he did is perfectly legal — in Arizona, where Arteaga lives, and elsewhere. Six states have laws on the books ensuring that pharmacists don't have to fill prescriptions that would violate their conscience, according to the Dallas Morning News.
What we're watching today: HHS Secretary Alex Azar testifies Tuesday at a Finance Committee hearing on drug prices. Willing to bet he'll also be testifying about HHS' role in housing migrant children.
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