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CVS expects Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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UPDATE 1-CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp expects the Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman said.

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CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Department, of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp's deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc , but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

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CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Dept, of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp's deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc, but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

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UPDATE 4-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc said on Monday their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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UPDATE 3-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc on Monday said their $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager and the No. 3 U.S. health insurer would transform healthcare and deliver cost savings, but investors took a pessimistic view of the combination in the short term.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal to skeptical Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts and investors who questioned the near-term impact on profits of the $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager with the No. 3 U.S. health insurer.

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UPDATE 2-CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 bln deal to skeptical Wall St

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts and investors who questioned the near-term impact on profits of the $69 billion deal to combine the pharmacy and drug benefit manager with the No. 3 U.S. health insurer.

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CVS, Aetna executives defend $69 billion deal with eye on savings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts who questioned the $69 billion deal, promising both near- and long-term savings for the combined company.

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CVS, Aetna executives expect to save by reducing redundancy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp and Aetna Inc top executives on Monday defended their planned merger to Wall Street analysts who questioned the merits of the $69 billion deal, promising both near- and long-term savings for the combined company as well as benefits for consumers.

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CVS says deal to help build Anthem's drug benefit still on

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp CEO Larry Merlo said on Monday that its plan to help health insurer Anthem Inc build its own pharmacy benefit management business remains in place with planning well under way, unaffected by CVS' deal to buy Anthem rival Aetna Inc.

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BRIEF-CVS Health to acquire Aetna in $69 bln deal

* CVS HEALTH TO ACQUIRE AETNA; COMBINATION TO PROVIDE CONSUMERS WITH A BETTER EXPERIENCE, REDUCED COSTS AND IMPROVED ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE EXPERTS IN HOMES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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CVS Health to acquire Aetna for $69 billion in year's largest acquisition

(Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

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CVS-Aetna deal to change how big employers buy health benefits

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's proposed purchase of Aetna Inc will change the way many major U.S. corporations buy health coverage for employees and raise new questions over the cost of those benefits, benefit consultants said.

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UPDATE 2-CVS Health to acquire Aetna for $69 bln in year's largest acquisition

Dec 3 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for $69 billion, seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

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Aetna agrees to $69 billion sale to CVS Health: sources

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors approved on Sunday the U.S. health insurer's sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 1-Aetna agrees to $69 bln sale to CVS Health -sources

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors approved on Sunday the U.S. health insurer's sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Aetna's board set to approve $68 billion sale to CVS Health: sources

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors was meeting on Sunday to approve the U.S. health insurer's sale to U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Aetna's board set to approve $68 bln sale to CVS Health -sources

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's board of directors was meeting on Sunday to approve the U.S. health insurer's sale to U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Exclusive: CVS eyes major expansion of health clinics with Aetna deal - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp is planning to significantly expand health services at its retail pharmacies if it completes a more than $66 billion deal for insurer Aetna Inc , a move that could save more than $1 billion annually, people familiar with the matter said.

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CVS closes in on deal to buy health insurer Aetna: source

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp is moving closer to a more than $66 billion cash and stock deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc which could be announced as early as Monday, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Drug distributor McKesson to buy CVS Health's services unit

Nov 6 (Reuters) - Drug distributor McKesson Corp said on Monday it would buy drugstore operator CVS Health Corp's unit that provides various tailored services to pharma firms in a $735 million deal to expand the range of services it offers.

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UPDATE 1-Drug distributor McKesson to buy CVS's specialty distribution unit

Nov 6 (Reuters) - Drug distributor McKesson Corp said on Monday it would buy drugstore operator CVS Health Corp's specialty distribution unit in a deal valued at $735 million in cash.

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UPDATE 3-CVS to start next-day delivery as Amazon threat looms

Nov 6 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain CVS Health Corp said on Monday it would start next-day delivery from its stores in 2018, a move some analysts said was in response to Amazon.com's potential entry into prescription drug sales.

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BRIEF-CVS Health in presentation- Expects FY revenue growth of 3.25-3.75 pct‍​

* In presentation- expects FY revenue growth of 3.25-3.75 pct‍​

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UPDATE 1-CVS Health's profit beats estimates on higher claims

Nov 6 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, which is said to be in talks to buy health insurer Aetna Inc, posted a bigger-than-expected third-quarter profit as it processed more claims in its pharmacy benefits management business.

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CVS, Aetna aim to finalize deal as early as December: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp and health insurer Aetna Inc are working toward finalizing merger terms and announcing a deal for more than $70 billion as early as December, according to people familiar with the matter.

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U.S. healthcare brightens tame U.S. high-grade M&A lending

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp’s planned US$66bn buy of Aetna Inc is poised to boost the healthcare sector’s share of US investment-grade mergers and acquisitions lending beyond its current one-third share of the US$122bn total as the sector remains a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market.

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LPC: US healthcare brightens tame US high-grade M&A lending

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp’s planned US$66bn buy of Aetna Inc is poised to boost the healthcare sector’s share of US investment-grade mergers and acquisitions lending beyond its current one-third share of the US$122bn total as the sector remains a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market.

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Aetna silent on CVS bid reports, flags tax hit in 2018

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc declined to comment on Tuesday on reports it is in merger talks with CVS Health Corp and laid out obstacles to 2018 earnings growth, sending its shares lower.

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Aetna beats profit estimates as Obamacare losses shrink

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc, which is said to be in talks to be bought by CVS Health, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as it kept its costs in control and cut losses in its pared down Obamacare business.

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UPDATE 2-Aetna beats profit estimates as Obamacare losses shrink

Oct 31 (Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc, which is said to be in talks to be bought by CVS Health, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as it kept its costs in control and cut losses in its pared down Obamacare business.

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CVS bid for Aetna: A $66 billion bet on cutting drug costs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The proposed merger between U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp and No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc represents a $66 billion bet that insurers can drive down high U.S. drug prices by cutting out the middleman.

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CVS deal for Aetna could help retailer face Amazon entry: analysts

(Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp's move to buy health insurer Aetna Inc could shore-up CVS' vulnerable pharmacy business and spur another round of dealmaking in an industry fearing Amazon's arrival, analysts said.

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CVS-Aetna deal gets Wall Street thumbs up amid Amazon entry fears

(Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp's move to buy health insurer Aetna Inc will broaden their reach in the industry and could spark another round of dealmaking in a sector dreading Amazon's arrival, analysts said.

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CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 3-CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna -sources

Oct 26 (Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: source

(Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna -source

Oct 26 (Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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CVS makes bid for Aetna: source

(Reuters) - U.S pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Anthem launches new PBM business, signs pact with CVS Health

(Reuters) - Health insurer Anthem Inc said on Wednesday it signed a five-year agreement with drug retailer CVS Health Corp to support its newly launched pharmacy benefit management business.

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BRIEF-CVS Health signs five-year agreement with Anthem

* CVS Health signs five-year agreement with anthem, inc. To provide services to support ingeniorx

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Anthem signs agreement with CVS Health for new PBM business

(Reuters) - Drug retailer CVS Health Corp said on Wednesday it entered into an agreement with Anthem Inc to provide services to the health insurer's newly launched pharmacy benefit management (PBM) business, IngenioRx.

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Drug chains tumble on reports Amazon eyeing their pie

(Reuters) - Shares of drug retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid Corp tumbled on Friday after reports that Amazon.com Inc was looking to make a move into selling drugs online.

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CVS Health's dull third-quarter forecast overshadows profit beat

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp forecast current quarter profit below Wall Street estimates and said it has been ordered to cooperate with investigations into possible false claims submitted to a government healthcare program and drug pricing.

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UPDATE 1-CVS Health's profit beats on higher demand for pharmacy services

Aug 8 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No.2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, as its pharmacy benefits management business serviced more claims and demand for its specialty pharmacy services rose.

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BRIEF-Wellcare Health Plans CFO says company and CVS Health have agreed to extend their pharmacy benefit manager agreement for 2019 and 2020

* Wellcare Health Plans CFO says company and CVS Health have agreed to extend their pharmacy benefit manager agreement for 2019 and 2020 - Conf Call Further company coverage:

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Two biggest U.S. drug purchasers keep key Novo Nordisk drugs on 2018 list

COPENHAGEN, Aug 2 (Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), CVS Health, said late Tuesday it had kept Novo Nordisk's key drugs on its 2018 list, removing some uncertainty over the U.S. market for the world's top insulin maker.

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UPDATE 1-CVS to pay $5 million to resolve U.S. drug probe

July 11 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp has paid $5 million to resolve allegations that pharmacies it operates in California failed to keep and maintain accurate records of prescription drugs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

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CVS to pay $5 million to resolve U.S. drug probe

July 11 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp has paid $5 million to resolve allegations that pharmacies it operates in California failed to keep and maintain accurate records of prescription drugs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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UPDATE 1-CVS's Omnicare to pay $23 million to resolve U.S. kickback case

BOSTON, May 26 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $23 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it took kickbacks from a drugmaker to promote two antidepressants, according to settlement papers released on Friday.

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CVS's Omnicare to pay $23 million to resolve U.S. kickback case

BOSTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $23 million to resolve a long-running whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it took kickbacks from a drugmaker, according to settlement papers released on Friday.

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CVS's Omnicare to pay $8 million to settle U.S. probe

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp's Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $8 million to resolve claims that its prescription verification system resulted in false claims being submitted to government healthcare programs.

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Drugstore chain CVS reports better-than-expected profit

(Reuters) - Drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager CVS Health Corp reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by demand for high-margin specialty pharmacy services.

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BRIEF-CVS Pharmacy removes certain chemicals from its beauty and personal care products

* By end of 2019, chemicals like parabens, phthalates in products within CVS Health, Beauty 360,Essence of Beauty, other products to be removed

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BRIEF-CVS says specialty pharmacy services contract for Blue Cross, Blue Shield Federal Employee Program will terminate at end of 2017

* CVS Health -confirmed that contract to provide specialty pharmacy services for Blue Cross, Blue Shield Federal Employee Program will terminate at end of 2017

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BRIEF-Reynolds, State Officials and CVS Health announce availability of Naloxone at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Iowa

* CVS Health Corp - Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim reynolds, state officials and CVS Health announce availability of Naloxone at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Iowa Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking

(Reuters Health) - - The retail pharmacy company CVS Health helped its customers quit smoking by pulling cigarettes off the shelves two years ago, a new study suggests.

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CVS removes artificial trans fats from its food brands

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said its pharmacy chain had removed artificial trans fats, which have been linked to rising rates of heart diseases, from its store-branded food products well ahead of a June 2018 federal deadline.

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'Made in the USA' lawsuit against CVS Health is dismissed

(Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp of selling Vitamin C drops that are falsely labeled as "Made in the USA" because the Vitamin C is sourced from other countries.

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"Made in the USA" lawsuit against CVS Health is dismissed

Feb 14 (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp of selling Vitamin C drops that are falsely labeled as "Made in the USA" because the Vitamin C is sourced from other countries.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-CVS slashes price of Impax's EpiPen rival

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp has cut the price of a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc's emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV's controversial EpiPen.

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CORRECTED-CVS slashes price of Impax's emergency allergy shot

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp has cut the price of a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc's emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV's controversial Epipen.

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CVS starts selling Impax's cheaper EpiPen rival

(Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp has started selling a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc's emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV's controversial EpiPen.

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UPDATE 1-CVS starts selling Impax's cheaper EpiPen rival

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp has started selling a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc's emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV's controversial EpiPen.

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CVS starts selling Impax's cheaper emergency allergy shot

(Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp has started selling a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc's emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV's controversial Epipen.

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BRIEF-CVS Health makes Naloxone available without prescription in Nevada

* CVS Health makes overdose-reversal drug available without a prescription at all CVS pharmacy locations in Nevada

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BRIEF-CVS Health says Optumrx and CVS Pharmacy enter strategic partnership

* CVS Health - Optumrx and CVS Pharmacy partner to expand consumer choice, reduce costs and improve health outcomes

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BRIEF-CVS says "Caught a little bit off guard" in bid process for Prime, TRICARE network

* CVS Health executive says for Q4 2016 total same-store sales at retail are expected to be flat to down 1.75 percent -conf call

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UPDATE 1-CVS cuts full-year profit forecast, shares slump

Nov 8 (Reuters) - Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp cut its 2016 adjusted earnings forecast, citing slowing prescription growth and pharmacy network changes that will cause retail prescriptions to begin migrating out of its pharmacies this quarter.

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CVS's quarterly revenue rises 15.5 pct

Nov 8 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported a 15.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong demand for its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services.

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CVS Health to cut about 600 jobs over next two months

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said it would cut about 600 jobs, mostly at its corporate offices in Rhode Island, Illinois and Arizona over the next two months, citing an increasingly competitive environment.

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BRIEF-CVS Health says eliminating small percentage of positions in Nov and Dec 2016

* CVS Health Corp - eliminating a small percentage of positions at CVS health in November and December 2016

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BRIEF-CVS Health Inc to eliminate 600 jobs - WSJ, citing statement

* CVS Health Inc to eliminate 600 jobs - WSJ, citing statement

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FDA warns against use of homeopathic teething products

Sept 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels on Friday, citing potential risks to infants and children and prompting CVS Health Corp Inc to withdraw the products.

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BRIEF-CVS Health sets quarterly dividend of $0.425 per share

* Sets quarterly dividend of $0.425 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-CVS must face revived lawsuit in U.S. over vitamin E label

Sept 6 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp, one of the largest U.S. drugstore chains, of deceiving consumers with labels touting how CVS-branded vitamin E promotes "heart health."

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CVS must face revived lawsuit in U.S. over vitamin E label

Sept 6 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit accusing CVS Health Corp, one of the largest U.S. drugstore chains, of deceiving consumers with labels touting how CVS-branded vitamin E promotes "heart health."

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BRIEF-CVS Health makes overdose-reversal drug available without prescription in Colorado

* Makes overdose reversal drug available without a prescription at all CVS pharmacy locations in Colorado

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BRIEF-CVS Health Makes Overdose-Reversal Drug Naloxone Available Without A Prescription in Idaho

* Opioid overdose-reversal medication Naloxone is now available without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Actelion does not see significant CVS hit to Opsumit sales

ZURICH (Reuters) - Big U.S. pharmacy chain CVS Health's move to jettison an Actelion drug from a list of covered medications is not expected to have a "meaningful impact" on the Swiss biotechnology company's sales, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Drugstore chain CVS's profit beats estimates on pharma business

Aug 2 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported better-than-expected profit helped by strong demand for its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services.

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Drugstore chain CVS's revenue jumps on pharma business

Aug 2 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported a 17.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strength in its pharmacy business.

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BRIEF-CVS Health to expand access to opioid overdose-reversal drug

* Cvs health to expand access to opioid overdose-reversal drug for cvs pharmacy patients in seven additional states

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BRIEF-CVS Health announces cash tender offers for certain outstanding notes

* Has commenced cash tender offers for any and all of its 5.75% senior notes due 2017, its 6.60% senior notes due 2019

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UPDATE 1-Drugstore operator CVS's revenue, profit beat estimates

May 3 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by strong demand for its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services.

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BRIEF-CVS Health launches expanded hepatitis care options in Hawaii

* Launched expanded health care offerings to support health of people with hepatitis b, hepatitis c and other liver diseases in hawaii

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BRIEF-CVS Health files for debt shelf of up to $10 bln

* Files for debt shelf of up to $10.0 billion - SEC Filing Source text: http://1.usa.gov/1SzDFUX Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +1 646 223 8780)

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BRIEF-CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo total 2015 compensation $28.9 mln vs. $32.4 mln in 2014

* Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo total 2015 compensation $28.9 million versus $32.4 million in 2014

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Torched pharmacy that became symbol of Baltimore riots reopens

BALTIMORE, March 7 (Reuters) - A CVS Health Corp pharmacy in Baltimore has reopened nearly a year after images of it being torched last April made it a symbol of rioting that erupted over the death of a black man from injuries sustained while in police custody.

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UPDATE 1-CVS says 2015 drug spending grew 5 pct, far less than in 2014

NEW YORK, Feb 23 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said on Tuesday its pharmacy benefit customers spent about 5 percent more on prescription drugs in 2015 than in 2014, when drug spending jumped nearly 12 percent.

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CORRECTED-CVS says 2015 drug spending grew 5 percent, far less than in 2014

NEW YORK, Feb 23 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said on Tuesday its pharmacy benefit customers spent about 5 percent more on prescription drugs in 2015 than in 2014, a year when drug spending jumped nearly 12 percent.

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CVS says 2015 drug spending grew 5 percent, far less than in 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said on Tuesday its pharmacy benefit customers spent about 5 percent more on prescription drugs in 2015 than in 2014, a year when drug spending jumped nearly 12 percent.

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UPDATE 2-CVS Health forecasts 1st-qtr profit below estimates

* Pharmacy comparable sales up 4.5 pct (Adds analyst comment, shares)

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UPDATE 1-CVS Health forecasts 1st-qtr profit below estimates

Feb 9 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No.2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' expectations after the company reported weak front-store sales.

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CVS Health's quarterly revenue rises 11 pct

Feb 9 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp, the No.2 U.S. drugstore chain by store count, reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly net revenue, helped by strong demand in its pharmacy business.

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CVS to make overdose drug naloxone prescription-free in Ohio

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said it would make the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, available without a prescription at all its pharmacies across Ohio, a state with one of the highest rates of overdose-related deaths.

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UPDATE 1-CVS to make overdose drug naloxone prescription-free in Ohio

Feb 1 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said it would make the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, available without a prescription at all its pharmacies across Ohio, a state with one of the highest rates of overdose-related deaths.

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CVS to sell overdose-reversal drug without prescription in Ohio

Feb 1 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp said it would make the opioid overdose reversal medicine, naloxone, available without a prescription at all its pharmacies across Ohio beginning in late March.