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CVS, Caremark Talk Deal

Merger chatter comes amid pharmacy industry turmoil.


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said they're talking merger.

A deal would link one of the biggest retail pharmacies, Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS, with a big player in the mail order drug business, Nashville, Tenn.-based Caremark.

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Talks were reported Wednesday morning by

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, and the companies subsequently issued a release in which they "confirmed today they are engaged in discussions relating to a possible merger of equals transaction."

The deal talks come just a month after giant retailer


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shook up the drug industry by slashing prices on generic prescriptions, and just weeks after a report on wholesale pricing practices across the industry threatened further fallout.