Launched in 2018 as a nonprofit generic drug company to address the problem of chronic drug shortages, Civica Rx (Civica, Inc.) has proven to be a viable industry player, ensuring stable and predictable supplies of more than 20 essential generic drugs so far, and generating millions of dollars in savings for hospitals.
The brainchild of Intermountain Healthcare’s Dan Liljenquist, Civica brings together health systems and drug manufacturers to work collaboratively, ensuring a stable supply of fairly priced generic drugs for hospitals and predictable volumes for Civica and partnering manufacturers. As it celebrates its two-year anniversary, Liljenquist emphasizes that Civica is sustained by its mission: Making quality generic medications accessible and affordable to everyone.
“The fact that in such a short period of time Civica medicines are treating millions of patients is eye opening,” said Liljenquist, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Intermountain and chairman of Civica’s board. “It shows the power of collaboration and the promise of this organization and its many partners to help millions and millions more people. I am so proud of the Civica team for all they have accomplished.”
Surging demand for medications used for patients with COVID-19 has helped to validate Civica’s unique supply model and has demonstrated the value of having hospitals prioritize the medications they need for patient care.
“COVID-19 is a defining moment as Civica, our supply partners, and hospital pharmacists and doctors work together to meet spikes in demand for medications for COVID patients,” said Martin VanTrieste, president and CEO of Civica. “Because the Civica model includes building stockpiles or safety stocks, we have been able to meet demand in hospitals and also provide millions of doses of medicines to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.”
Civica’s first two years, by the numbers:
- Today, Civica serves over 50 health systems, representing more than 1,200 hospitals and over 30 percent of all hospital beds in the United States. Kaiser Permanente is the most recent health system to join Civica.
- Civica has provided more than nine million vials or syringes of generic medications to hospitals, which have been used to treat up to three million patients.
- Eleven Civica medications are being used to help treat COVID-19 patients, including neuromuscular blocking agents, sedatives, pain relievers, and blood thinners. Civica and its supply partners met surge hospital demand of up to 350 percent for some medications and also provided 2.1 million vials to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.
- Civica now has 40 different medications under contract for hospitals and is building toward 100 drugs by 2023.
Civica is at the forefront of efforts to establish end-to-end manufacturing of generic drugs in the U.S. to address a national security risk exposed by the pandemic. It is working with Phlow, a Virginia-based public benefit corporation, with support from the federal government, to build new manufacturing capacity in the United States. As part of that effort, Civica will build a state-of-the-art facility to make sterile injectable drugs.
Also this year, Civica and 18 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans announced an initiative to lower the cost of drugs for consumers. The effort, which focuses on a targeted list of generic drugs in the retail setting, provides opportunities for additional health plans, states, employers and pharmacies to join.
Read more about Civica Rx here.