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Episode 31: Our Take October–Part 2

Oct 25, 2018


John discusses our take on health care news in the second half of October. He covers how CVS and Aetna have made a big step towards completing their merger, as well as a new proposed rule by CMS regarding transparency of pricing in drug advertisements.

  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared the way for the $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna Inc., with the stipulation that Aetna divests its Medicare Part D individual prescription drug plan business.
  • CMS proposed a rule requiring prescription drug manufacturers to post the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of Medicare- and Medicaid-approved drugs in direct-to-consumer television advertising.

In this episode

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John earned his B.A. in economics from Knox College, an MBA and M.A. in public policy from The University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework and doctoral exams in clinical epidemiology and health economics at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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