Walmart eyes the digital pharmacy

Watch out, Amazon. Walmart scooped up CareZone’s medication management tech, bolstering the retail giant’s existing prescription program. Meanwhile, acquisition talks between Otsuka and former digital health unicorn Proteus didn’t quite pan out—the smart pill pioneer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. One digital therapeutics company that did have a good week: Akili’s video game for kids with ADHD became the first game-based therapeutic to receive FDA de novo clearance.

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