Independent Pharmacies Were Already Struggling. The $69 Billion CVS-Aetna Deal Is Their Newest Threat.

Jean Keating’s family-owned drug store in Granby has filled prescriptions and counseled the sick for nearly 70 years, surviving economic malaise, financial meltdowns and upheavals in the health care industry.

Granby Pharmacy now faces its newest threat, Keating says: the blockbuster $69 billion acquisition of Hartford health insurer Aetna Inc. by CVS Health Corp. that’s stoking fears of yet another tilt toward behemoths.