We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat: How UnitedHealth’s $12.8B Acquisition of Catamaran Creates a Unique Force in the Ongoing PBM Battle Against Rising Specialty Drug Costs

On March 30th, UnitedHealth Group announced it would acquire Catamaran Corporation and integrate its pharmacy services into OptumRx, UnitedHealth’s standalone pharmacy services unit. This merger is the latest in a trend that has consolidated the majority of the USA’s pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and gives UnitedHealth the scale to better…