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Will UnitedHealth Catamaran purchase slow drug costs?

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This Wall Street Journal news story raises the question of whether UnitedHealth’s purchase of pharmacy-benefits manager Catamaran will really result in lower drug prices. Pharmaceuticals prices have become an ever-more important part of healthcare inflation, even as some other costs in the sector have slowed.


Catamaran will be merged with UnitedHealth’s own OptumRx unit. The WSJ reported that the combined benefits manager ”will cover an estimated 31 million lives.”

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