Express Scripts, Medco sued over merger

Trade groups say the union is a threat to local pharmacies

A handful of trade groups are angered over the prospect of Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc. uniting. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and nine independent pharmacies filed a lawsuit on March 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging the merger is a threat to the viability of local pharmacies.

St. Louis-based Express Scripts entered a deal to purchased Medco in July 2011 for $29.1 billion, which would create what was billed as the nation’s leading health care services company. That deal was made official today. Combined, the companies say the merger allows them the ability to lower health care costs, create better models of care and improve patients' adherence to prescribed treatment regimens.

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