Diplomat and BioScrip Deals Illustrate Changing Industries

As independent specialty pharmacies and infusion providers continue to be squeezed by various market pressures, 2019 saw an end to two long-time industry presences. In August, BioScrip, Inc. and Option Care Enterprises, Inc. finalized a merger. And in December, Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. said that it had agreed to be acquired by UnitedHealth Group unit OptumRx, putting an end to its struggles over the past couple of years.

On Dec. 9, Diplomat and OptumRx unveiled a deal by which OptumRx would acquire Diplomat’s outstanding common stock for $4 per share — well under the $5.81 per share at which it was valued when the markets closed before that weekend. Diplomat’s board unanimously approved the deal, through which OptumRx gains locations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The transaction is expected to close early this year.

Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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