Civica Rx Adds 12 Health Systems to Its Generic Drug Venture

Megan Brooks

January 09, 2019

An additional 12 health systems, representing roughly 250 hospitals across the United States, have joined the Utah-based, not-for-profit generic drug company Civica Rx as founding members.

When combined with the seven health systems that make up the initial governing members of Civica Rx, roughly 750 US hospitals have joined the "mission-driven" venture to reduce shortages of lifesaving generic drugs, the company said in a news release.

"We are thrilled to welcome these highly regarded health systems to Civica as founding members," Martin Van Trieste, CEO of Civica Rx, said in the release. "Drug shortages have become a national crisis where patient treatments and surgeries are canceled, delayed or suboptimal. We thank these organizations for joining us to make essential generic medicines accessible and affordable in hospitals across the country."

As previously reported by Medscape Medical News , Civica Rx was launched in the fall of 2018 by three philanthropies — 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, the Mayo Clinic, Providence St. Joseph Health, SSM Health, and Trinity Health.

The 12 new founding members are:

  1. Advocate Aurora Health, a large not-for-profit, integrated health system serving nearly 3 million patients annually in Illinois and Wisconsin across more than 500 sites of care.

  2. Allegheny Health Network, an integrated health system serving Western Pennsylvania and employing about 20,000 people, including more than 2300 physicians.

  3. Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 10 hospitals and more than 40 physician practices and 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities.

  4. Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the Midwest, employing nearly 20,000 healthcare professionals across a service area of 3.7 million people.

  5. Memorial Hermann Health System, serving the greater Houston area with 6400 affiliated physicians and more than 26,000 employees.

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

  7. Ochsner Health System, Louisiana's largest nonprofit, academic, healthcare system, with nearly 25,000 employees and over 4500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties.

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

  9. Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with 31,000 professionals, 4200 medical staff, and a health plan serving 1 million members.

  10. St Luke's University Health Network, a fully integrated, regional, nonprofit system serving east-central Pennsylvania with more than 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites.

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

  12. UnityPoint Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit, non-denominational integrated health systems. Based in the Midwest, its nearly 40 hospitals, 300 primary care and specialty clinics, 20 home health agencies, and 32,000 team members serve 1.2 million patients across Iowa, western Illinois, and southern Wisconsin.

Civica Rx expects to bring over 14 hospital-administered generic drugs to hospitals and healthcare systems in 2019 as the initial focus of the company's efforts, with additional medications prioritized by the healthcare systems as the next phase of focus.

For "competitive reasons," the company can't signal in advance the drugs that will be produced, Mike Romano, spokesperson for Catholic Health Initiatives, told Medscape Medical News back when the company was formed.

Civica Rx said it is working toward becoming a US Food and Drug Administration–approved manufacturer and will either directly manufacture generic drugs or subcontract manufacturing to trusted supply partners.

Civica Rx is collaborating with the American Hospital Association's Center for Health Innovation to address inquiries about the initiative. Health systems and hospitals may call (800) 242-4677 with questions or visit for information.

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