Nonprofit Drug Maker Civica Rx Eclipses 1,200 U.S. Hospital Members

Christel Deskins

Injection vial in production line. getty The nonprofit drug company Civica Rx says it now serves more than 50 U.S. health systems that operate more than 1,200 hospitals as it begins its third year in operation. The effort led by well-known health systems and U.S. philanthropies to create lower cost […]

The nonprofit drug company Civica Rx says it now serves more than 50 U.S. health systems that operate more than 1,200 hospitals as it begins its third year in operation.

The effort led by well-known health systems and U.S. philanthropies to create lower cost prescriptions, which recently added Kaiser Permanente to its membership and governing board, grabbed headlines two years ago for its work with well-known U.S. hospitals and health systems to buy and develop generic drugs to avoid shortages.

Today, hospitals and health systems involved say Civica Rx is growing strong, “ensuring predictable supplies of over 20 essential generic drugs so far and generating millions of dollars in savings for hospitals.” The nonprofit drug company said it has delivered more than 11 million vials of medications to its member health facilities and their patients.

Specific financial information wasn’t disclosed in a two-year anniversary announcement Wednesday, but Civica says the savings are real and the effort has been fueled by the spread of the Coronavirus strain Covid-19 given the pandemic’s impact on hospital bottom lines and patient prescription needs.

“The fact that in such a short period of time Civica medicines are treating millions of patients is eye-opening,” said Dan Liljenquist, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Intermountain Healthcare who is chairman of Civica Rx’s board.  “It shows the power of collaboration and the promise of this organization and its many partners to help millions and millions more people.”

The original seven founding health systems are: CommonSpirit Health, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, the Mayo Clinic, Providence St. Joseph Health, SSM Health, and Trinity Health. And the three philanthropies that led the establishment of Civica Rx are Gary and Mary West Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and Peterson Center on Healthcare. 

The effort has even gone beyond aiding hospitals, executives involved say.

“Covid-19 is a defining moment as Civica, our supply partners, and hospital pharmacists and doctors work together to meet spikes in demand for medications used to care for patients,” Civica Rx chief executive Martin VanTrieste said. “Because the Civica model includes building stockpiles or safety stocks, we have been able to meet demand in hospitals and also provide millions of doses of medicines to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.”

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