Shields’ Purchase of Excelera Will Help With Payer Contracts

As more health systems are creating their own specialty pharmacies, two major players in the space are coming together. In mid-January, Shields Health Solutions unveiled a deal to purchase ExceleraRx Corp. for an undisclosed amount. The new company could provide these entities with more leverage when it comes to payer networks and manufacturer distribution.

Shields is a specialty pharmacy integrator that partners with health systems to help them create and grow a hospital-owned specialty pharmacy program. Excelera is a network of specialty pharmacies among its members, which are integrated delivery networks and academic medical centers. Created by Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services almost a decade ago (RSP 5/14, p. 1), the group now consists of almost 30 members.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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