UnityPoint starting own drug company to combat drug shortages

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (WEEK) — UnityPoint Health is joining 11 other health systems across the U.S. to found a new drug company to help battle chronic drug shortages at their hospitals.

The non-profit Civica Rx was started in 2018 to manufacture 14 hospital-administered generic drugs for hospitals and health care systems in 2019. The company is working towards becoming an FDA-approved manufacturer of drugs that can make generic medications more affordable across the U.S.

“UnityPoint Health is proud to partner with Civica Rx and other mission-driven healthcare organizations committed to ensuring high quality, affordable medications are available when patients need them,” said Kent Lehr, vice president of strategy and business development at UnityPoint Health. “Drug shortages and the resulting price increases are becoming increasingly challenging for hospitals, including ours, and we believe our membership with Civica is another way we can improve the quality, safety and cost of care for the people and communities we serve.”

UnityPoint runs Methodist, Proctor and Pekin Hospitals in central Illinois.

Other founding members of Civica Rx include Advocate Aurora Health, Allegheny Health Network, Baptist Health South Florida, Franciscan Alliance, Memorial Hermann Health System, NYU Langone Health, Ochsner Health System, Sanford Health, Spectrum Health, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and Steward Health Care.

Other governing members include Catholic Health Initiatives, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, Laura & John Arnold Foundation, Mayo Clinic, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, Providence St. Joseph Health, SSM Health, and Trinity Health.

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