Twelve other health systems, representing approximately 250 hospitals across the United States, have joined Utah-based non-profit generic drug company Civica Rx as founding members.

Combined with the seven health systems that make up the governing members of Civica Rx, about 750 US hospitals have joined the "mission-oriented" company to reduce the shortages of generic medicines that save lives, the company said in a statement. A press release.

"We are delighted to welcome these highly regarded health systems to Civica as founding members," said Martin Van Trieste, CEO of Civica Rx. "Drug shortages have become a national crisis where treatments and surgeries are canceled, delayed or sub-optimal, and we thank these organizations for joining us in making essential generic drugs accessible and affordable in the world. hospitals of the country. "

As previously indicated by Medscape Medical News , Civica Rx was launched in the fall of 2018 by three philanthropists – the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Gary and Mary West Foundation – and seven health systems – Catholic Health Initiatives, HCA Healthcare , Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, Providence St. Joseph Health, SSM Health and Trinity Health.

The 12 new founding members are:

  1. Advocate Aurora Health, a comprehensive, integrated, nonprofit health system, serves nearly 3 million patients a year in Illinois and Wisconsin, at more than 500 health care sites.

  2. Allegheny Health Network, an integrated health care system serving Western Pennsylvania employing approximately 20,000 people, including more than 2,300 physicians.

  3. Baptist Health South Florida, the largest health care organization in the region, has 10 hospitals and more than 40 physician offices and 50 outpatient and emergency care facilities.

  4. Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the Midwest, employs nearly 20,000 healthcare professionals in 3.7 million people.

  5. Memorial Hermann Health System, serving the Houston Metropolitan Area, with 6,400 affiliated physicians and more than 26,000 employees.

  6. NYU Langone Health, an integrated academic medical center, with more than 200 sites throughout the New York area.

  7. Ochsner Health System, the largest nonprofit and academic health system in Louisiana, has nearly 25,000 employees and more than 4,500 physicians employed and affiliated in more than 90 medical specialties and specialties.

  8. Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization has 44 hospitals and 400 physicians.

  9. Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has 31,000 professionals, 4,200 medical staff and a health care plan serving 1 million members.

  10. The St Luke University Health Network, a fully integrated, non-profit regional system serving Central East Pennsylvania, has more than 14,000 employees and provides services in 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites.

  11. Steward Health Care, the largest private for-profit health care network led by physicians in the country. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals and employs approximately 40,000 healthcare professionals.

  12. UnityPoint Health, one of the largest integrated non-denominational health systems in the country. Based in the Midwest, it has nearly 40 hospitals, 300 primary and specialty care clinics, 20 home health agencies and 32,000 team members that treat 1.2 million patients in Iowa, Ontario. west of Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Civica Rx plans to introduce more than 14 generic drugs administered to hospitals in hospitals and health systems in 2019, as an initial priority of the company's efforts. Additional drugs will be prioritized over health systems.

For "competitive reasons", the company can not announce in advance the drugs that will be produced, said Mike Romano, spokesperson for Catholic Health Initiatives. Medscape Medical News at the time of the creation of the company.

Civica Rx stated that she was working to become a US Food and Drug Administration approved manufacturer and would either directly manufacture generic drugs or outsource manufacturing to reputable sourcing partners.

Civica Rx is working with the American Hospital Association's Center for Health Innovation to respond to inquiries regarding this initiative. Health systems and hospitals can call (800) 242-4677 to ask questions or visit the site. for information.

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