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CVS begins clinical trials for home-dialysis device

...CVS Health Corp. is making an ambitious move into kidney care, launching a clinical trial for a new home-dialysis device designed by the firm of Dean Kamen, the Segway inventor.

The company is delving into unusual territory for a drugstore and health insurer. The plan will make it a medical-device firm and a provider of dialysis, the complex blood-cleansing procedure vital to patients suffering from kidney failure. CVS holds exclusive U.S. rights to the HemoCare device, which was created by Mr. Kamen’s firm, Deka Research & Development Corp.

CVS will work to capitalize on an initiative announced last week by the Trump administration, which wants to move more dialysis into the home, rather than dialysis centers, where most U.S. patients currently get the procedure.

Dialysis is covered by Medicare, including for patients under the age of 65. The care of patients with end-stage renal disease is a major cost for the program, amounting to around $35 billion in 2016, or roughly 7% of total spending under traditional Medicare.

The Department of Health and Human Services said increased use of home dialysis could reduce costs and “preserve or enhance the quality of care.”...
CVS Health | 50,28 €
How CVS Makes its Money…

The Bottom Line

Americans allegedly love freedom and football, but the true national pastime is consuming pharmaceuticals.

Everything from anxiety to restless legs syndrome now has a corresponding pill or injection to alleviate or eradicate the symptoms, and companies like CVS are at the forefront of getting those drugs to users. With the number of medical conditions being newly identified consistently outpacing those being eradicated, the amount of money spent on pharmaceuticals will likely increase—a development that should be resonant music to CVS shareholders.
CVS Health | 50,47 €
CVS Health raises 2019 profit forecast after beating quarterly estimates

...CVS Health Corp raised its full-year profit forecast and posted better-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday, as higher U.S. prescription drug prices fueled rebates to its core pharmacy benefits business.


The pharmacy benefits unit brought in revenue of $34.84 billion in the second quarter, a 4.2% rise, helped by higher prices of branded drugs but the company said it continued to face pressure from high dispensing rates of generic drugs. Analysts on average had expected $34.2 billion, according to estimates compiled by Evercore ISI.

"We think shares will see some relief today," Evercore analyst Ross Muken said, pointing to the higher forecast which comes amid a nationwide crackdown on the dispensing of opioid drugs and investor concerns over potential changes to healthcare policy.

CVS plans to bring more health services to its stores to tackle chronic conditions, one of the goals of combining the country's largest drugstore operator with one of the oldest health insurers.

The unit which houses CVS's health insurance business brought in revenue of $17.4 billion in the quarter, slightly higher than the $17.3 billion analysts had expected.

Same-store sales at the company's front-end stores that sell over-the-counter drugs rose 2.9%, beating estimates of a 1.2% rise, according to three analysts polled by Refinitiv IBES.

Excluding items, CVS earned $1.89 per share, above the average analyst estimate of $1.69, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Operating costs rose 24.4% to $60.10 billion, as the company integrated Aetna into its operations.

CVS now expects full-year adjusted earnings per share of $6.89 to $7.00, compared with its previous forecast of $6.75 to $6.90.

The company reported net income of $1.94 billion, or $1.49 per share, for the second quarter ended June 30, compared with a loss of $2.56 billion, or $2.52 per share, a year earlier.

CVS had taken a $3.9 billion goodwill impairment charge related to its Omnicare business in the second quarter of 2018.

Total revenue rose 35.2% to $63.43 billion, ahead of estimates of $62.65 billion...
CVS Health | 56,75 $

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