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Trump Rules: F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

“He doesn’t want to blow up the agency,” said Mark I. Schwartz, a Washington lawyer who worked at the F.D.A. in Republican and Democratic administrations.Dr. Gottlieb has briefed Mr […]

CVS Is Said to Agree to Buy Aetna, Reshaping Health Care Industry

PhotoA CVS Pharmacy store in Manhattan.Credit Shannon Stapleton/ReutersCVS has agreed to buy Aetna for about $69 billion, in a deal that would reshape the American health care industry, a person briefed on the matter said on Sunday.The transaction, one of the largest of the year, would combine the drugstore giant with one of the United States’ biggest health insurers, reflecting the increasingly blurred lines between traditionally separate spheres of the health care industry.Under the terms of the deal, CVS will pay about $207 a share, said this person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the transaction before it was announced. Roughly $145 a share of that would be in cash, with the remainder in newly issued CVS stock.An announcement could come later on Sunday.One of the biggest drivers of the deal is Amazon, which has quietly laid the groundwork for an entry into the United States’ pharmacy business. Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief executive, and his e-commerce juggernaut have already overturned many industries: book buying, retail shopping, groceries and Hollywood, using fierce customer loyalty and enormous reach as cudgels against incumbent players.As Amazon secures pharmacy licenses across the country, traditional drug sellers have weighed ways to fight back.Wary of Amazon’s much-rumored move into the pharmacy industry, the leaders of CVS and Aetna have met several times this year, conversations that eventually led to deal negotiations.Follow Michael J. […]

News Analysis: Consensus Is Health Law Can Be Fixed. Now the Hard Part.

Among the hardest hit are those who do not qualify for subsidies to help with premiums or out-of-pocket costs, which rise along with rate increases. Michael Lawson, an independent consultant for local governments in Washington, D.C., said the monthly premiums for his basic plan from CareFirst jumped to $527 this year from $290 last year. He is 60 and earns too much to get a subsidy, but because of various health problems he has already reached his $5,000 deductible for the year. He likes his plan but thinks that to keep rates more stable, Congress and the Trump administration need to do a better job of enforcing the law, particularly its requirement that most people have health insurance.PhotoDemonstrators in front of the Supreme Court in Washington in 2015 cheered after its decision to allow nationwide health care subsidies, which affirmed a key element of the health care law.Credit Zach Gibson/The New York Times“They need to enforce the A.C.A. […]

Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices: Blame the Others


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Arkansas Judge Moves to Block Executions


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F.D.A. Official Under Bush Is Trump’s Choice to Lead Agency


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Trump’s F.D.A. Pick Could Undo Decades of Drug Safeguards


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