Blister pack with dollars instead of pills The copmany’s goal was to offer cheaper prescription drugs to Americans, saving millions of people money. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Six years ago, the Yale-educated Chaiken brothers, Geoffrey and Matthew, had an audacious idea: Upend the $333 billion U.S. prescription drug market by selling medicines online at big discounts and create a health-care startup that could stand alongside the giants of tech. One pitch included a slide that put their ambitions in the same league as Uber and Amazon.

It hasn’t worked out that way so far. Their company, Blink Health, has snared more than $165 million in venture capital, including from former Morgan Stanley Chairman John Mack. But the brothers and their startup have been entangled in lawsuits and shadowed by deals that saw industry partners turn from friend to foe, competition from two defecting employees, a threat from Amazon itself and no end of bad blood along the way.

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