CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. were bothtalking to other potential partners during early discussions thatled to their $68 billion merger, according to a regulatory filingThursday.

As late as August, Aetna was in discussions with a “Party X”about a “strategic partnership, business combination or otheropportunities.” The mystery company, which isn’t named in thedocument, told Aetna inOctober that it wasn’t planning to make a takeover offer.

CVS was looking at other partners as well. Early last year, thedrugstore and pharmacy-benefit company “continued to havediscussions with multiple managed-care companies.”

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