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R.Ph.S Give AmeriSource, Bergen Marriage Mixed Reviews

Magazine article Drug Topics

R.Ph.S Give AmeriSource, Bergen Marriage Mixed Reviews

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The pharmacy community has mixed emotions over the recent walk down the aisle by AmeriSource Health Corp. and Bergen Brunswig Corp. Shareholders approved the creation of the new company, AmerisourceBergen Corp., on Aug. 29, culminating an agreement to merge entered into by both companies on March 19, 2001.

Randy Myers, R.Ph., owner of Harry's Pharmacy, Carey, Ohio, who has been a Bergen customer for 15 years, applauded the merger. "It's a good move for both companies. AmeriSource is strong on the institutional side; Bergen has strength on the community pharmacy side. That will make for a good match. As far as the industry is concerned, we now have three players of fairly equal size, and that will pan out to be beneficial to all purchasers of healthcare services, pharmaceuticals, etc.," he said.

Myers said that a lot of regional wholesalers play a big role in taking care of community pharmacy. "Those will be very important as we go down the road because they have created niches that will serve their customer base well."

Jay Wangerin, RPh., owner of Dick Pharmacy; Des Moines, was enthusiastic about the creation of AmerisourceBergen. He said that he doesn't foresee any problems as a result of the merger. "I think the company will be very good to deal with and nicer than some wholesalers out there. There will be less damage done by this merger than some other mergers that have been proposed."

On the other hand, Glen Hadaway, R.Ph., owner of Graves Drug Store, Emporia, Kan., had a more negative view of the merger. …

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