Rite Aid, major US pharmacy chain, files for bankruptcy

         

Summary: Rite Aid, a prominent pharmacy chain in the US, has filed for bankruptcy and secured $3.45 billion in new financing. The company is facing declining sales and lawsuits related to opioid prescriptions. The bankruptcy filing is part of a restructuring plan to reduce debt and resolve litigation claims. Rite Aid’s CEO has been replaced and the company’s stock continues to be listed and traded. While some underperforming stores will be closed, the bankruptcy and noncompliance issues are not expected to impact the company’s operations or reporting requirements. In the last fiscal quarter, Rite Aid reported a net loss and a decrease in revenue.

Rite Aid, one of the major pharmacy chains in the United States, announced on Sunday that it has filed for bankruptcy and secured $3.45 billion in fresh financing. The company is facing challenges such as falling sales and lawsuits related to the oversupply of prescription opioids. Rite Aid settled for up to $30 million in 2022 to resolve litigation claims.

The bankruptcy filing is part of a broader restructuring plan aimed at cutting the company’s debt and positioning it for future growth. Rite Aid’s CEO, Elizabeth Burr, has been replaced by Jeffrey Stein, the head of a financial advisory firm. Burr will remain on Rite Aid’s board.

In March of this year, the US Justice Department filed a complaint against Rite Aid, alleging that the company knowingly filled hundreds of thousands of unlawful prescriptions for controlled substances. The complaint was based on information provided by three whistleblowers who had previously worked at Rite Aid pharmacies.

Despite the bankruptcy filing and noncompliance with listing standards, Rite Aid has stated that its business operations and reporting requirements will not be affected. The company’s stock continues to be listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Rite Aid also assures that it is arranging for the payment of wages and other costs as usual. However, it does plan to close some underperforming stores out of its more than 2,100 pharmacies across 17 states.

Rite Aid reported a decrease in revenue for the fiscal quarter that ended in June, with its revenue falling from $6.0 billion in the previous year to $5.7 billion. The company also logged a net loss of $306.7 million in the same period.

Tags: Rite Aid, bankruptcy, financing, restructuring, lawsuits, opioids, CEO, stock, revenue, pharmacy chain

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