ELIXIR: Rite Aid’s New PBM [mail order pharmacy]

By Staff Reporters

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When Rite Aid dropped roughly $2 billion in 2015 to buy its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) subsidiary now known as Elixir, the company had framed the investment as a strategic move to compete in the healthcare marketplace among rivals like CVS and Walgreens.

The deal quickly helped make Rite Aid $4.1 billion in its newly formed pharmacy services segment—including Elixir and other pharmacy services, according to the company—bolstering its financial standing the next fiscal year. Maybe it would no longer be the ugly duckling next to the cooler, sleeker swans.

It seemed to be working—for a while at least. But by 2018, analysts were recommending Rite Aid sell off Elixir to reduce the parent company’s debt. Still, Rite Aid stuck with Elixir in hopes of boosting its competitiveness in the retail pharmacy scene.

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This year, Rite Aid President and CEO Heyward Donigan was still painting a rosy picture of Elixir, saying in earnings calls that the PBM was gaining more members and Elixir’s operating margins were improving.

But a month after its latest earnings call in September, Rite Aid was hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of making “false and/or misleading statements” to investors about Elixir’s status between April and September of this year.

READ: https://www.healthcare-brew.com/stories/2022/12/09/rite-aid-faces-a-class-action-lawsuit-over-its-pharmacy-benefits-subsidiary

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