Hy-Vee Acquires Amber Pharmacy
By Grocery Headquarters Staff
Hy-Vee announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Amber Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy solutions provider based in Omaha, Neb. Hy-Vee and Amber Pharmacy have been partners in Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions since 2010. This acquisition allows Hy-Vee to expand its current specialty pharmacy business, providing customers with increased specialty options, access and affordability. Specialty pharmacies help patients manage complex, chronic conditions by assigning a health care team – an enrollment specialist, pharmacist, patient care coordinator, and billing coordinator – to develop an individualized plan for the patient’s clinical care, insurance and financial administrative assistance. This comprehensive approach allows patients to obtain all their medications and services from one source, resulting in greater adherence to the prescribed therapy, improved health, and faster recovery. “The partnership between Hy-Vee and Amber Pharmacy has been very successful over the last four years,” said Randy Edeker, Chairman, CEO and President of Hy-Vee. “Specialty pharmacy continues to experience tremendous growth. Amber Pharmacy’s talented team, innovative practices and commitment to customer service will allow us to respond to that growth while meeting and exceeding our customer needs.” Amber Pharmacy will maintain its existing name and operations, including headquarters in Omaha and locations in Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia. The specialty pharmacy company will operate independently and will continue to be led by current president Michael Agostino, R.Ph, retaining all employees. “The Kaplan family’s history with Hy-Vee, along with their commitment to customer service, health and wellness, makes them an ideal partner to grow Amber Pharmacy’s presence,” said William Kaplan Sr. The Kaplan family started Amber Pharmacy in 1998 and it has a strong reputation for providing outstanding customer service. ‘Together, we will continue to be trusted partners with our patients, healthcare providers, insurance payers, and manufacturers,” said Kaplan. The purchase price was not disclosed, but the acquisition was approved by the boards of both companies and pending regulatory approval should close within the next 30 days.