Walgreens eyes AmerisourceBergen

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Friday, February 23, 2018

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens Boots Alliance is said to be in early talks to take over Valley Forge, Pa.-based AmerisourceBergen, according to news reports, though “no deal is imminent and there may not be one,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Walgreens already owns a 26% stake in the drug wholesale company. “For Walgreens, buying Amerisource would be an example of so-called vertical integration, in which a company acquires a link in its supply chain, enabling it to keep more of the margin in the products it sells,” the WSJ reported. In the same vein, CVS Health and Aetna announced plans to merge late last year. AmerisourceBergen was most recently in the news when it announced in November that it would purchase H.D. Smith for $815 million in cash.