Changes in the nation’s health care system have made pharmaceutical distributors more important than ever. Large pharmacy operators have strengthened their alliances with the Big Three Wholesalers to maximize purchasing power, augment operational efficiency and work through such challenges as implementation of new federal regulations to ensure a secure supply chain. The role of drug
NEW YORK — Going forward, chain drug stores can bank on the same underlying trends that have fueled the retail pharmacy business in recent years. But the industry as they’ve known it won’t look quite the same. Retailer consolidation, changes in drug purchasing and the influx of specialty drugs are reshaping the competitive arena, industry
McKesson’s deal to buy Ireland’s UDG Healthcare reflects the global consolidation of health care distribution, as drug wholesalers continue their drive for scale, especially in the realm of generic drugs, according to Fitch Ratings. “The UDG deal will add to McKesson’s generic purchasing power and further enhance its European pharmaceutical distribution presence, following its acquisition
AmerisourceBergen earlier this month unveiled plans to add three new facilities — in Olive Branch, Miss.; Shakopee, Minn.; and Newburgh, N.Y. — to its distribution network, which handles some 35% of the pharmaceutical products sold in the United States. The multimillion-dollar investment to build and equip the warehouses will bring the amount of money the
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. and McKesson Corp. have expanded their distribution agreement to cover a longer time frame and include both generic and brand-name drugs. The companies said Tuesday that the new five-year agreement runs to March 2019. The deal marks a second extension of Rite Aid and McKesson’s primary distribution relationship.