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Amazon is seeking to contract directly with health plans and employers to sell prescription drugs through its PillPack subsidiary, a move that would cut out existing pharmacy benefit managers and potentially reshape the sale and distribution of medicines in the U.S., according to newly surfaced court documents.

The details are contained in a lawsuit CVS filed in April seeking to prevent one of its former executives from taking a job at PillPack, an online pharmacy based in New Hampshire. In its complaint, CVS asserts that Amazon-PillPack has “already begun aggressively approaching CVS Caremark’s clients,” including Blue Cross Blue Shield, “to provide its members with prescription home delivery.”


A federal judge in Rhode Island on Tuesday came down in favor of CVS, ruling that the former employee, John Lavin, must wait 18 months before joining PillPack because of an agreement he signed not to work for CVS’ competitors.

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