Amazon is considering building physical pharmacies

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Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:

  • Amazon is considering building physical pharmacies, Insider first reported;
  • Meet the under-the-radar primary care companies that have won over Wall Street;
  • It’s too convenient to blame outbreaks on variants, experts say.

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Amazon is weighing a push into physical pharmacies to grab a bigger slice of the $370 billion prescription market

  • Amazon is considering the launch of physical pharmacies, Insider has learned.
  • Amazon Pharmacy’s leaders have discussed using Whole Foods locations and creating stand-alone sites.
  • There is not a concrete plan to do so, three people familiar with the matter said.

Blake Dodge has the full scoop here>>

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Why Wall Street is betting on a couple of under-the-radar companies that want to transform how primary-care practices get paid

  • The US is shifting to “value-based care,” in which doctors are paid to keep patients healthy.
  • Newly public companies Agilon and Privia are helping doctors navigate that transformation.
  • Wall Street is betting on these firms, which can expand faster than those that build clinics.

Find the full story here>>

Experts say it’s too convenient for politicians to blame COVID-19 outbreaks on variants — we have the tools to fight them, we just need to use them

  • The B.1.617 variant first tracked in India was labeled a “variant of concern” by the WHO.
  • It appears to be more infectious than older versions of the coronavirus.
  • But that doesn’t mean we are powerless.

There is a lot of reason to hope vaccines will defeat variants>>

More stories we’re reading:

  • Hospitals serving rural black communities shut down during the pandemic (Stat News)
  • Biden sets 90-day deadline for more details on coronavirus origins (Insider)
  • Google Cloud struck a massive deal with HCA Healthcare (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Scientists partially restored a blind man’s vision using gene therapy and goggles (Insider)

– Lydia

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