Civica Rx is a non-profit groupof hospitals with the goal of addressing both supply and costissues of generic drugs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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A dozen more health systems have joined an effort to address chronic shortages of generic drugs at hospitals acrossthe United States.

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CivicaRx was first launched in January, 2018, as anon-profit organization based in Salt Lake City. The grouporiginally consisted of seven large health systems that representedapproximately 500 hospitals. CEO Martin VanTrieste said at the timethat the group would work to address both supply and cost issues of generic drugs.

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“Civica Rx will first seek to stabilize the supply of essentialgeneric medications administered in hospitals, many of which havefallen into chronic shortage situations, putting patients at risk.”VanTrieste said. “The initiative will also result in lower costsand more predictable supplies of essential generic medicines,helping ensure that patients and their needs come first in thegeneric drug marketplace.”

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The new development brings in 12 systems representingapproximately 250 hospitals. The group says it now as around 750hospitals participating at this point, with many others expressinginterest.

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“We are thrilled to welcome these highly-regarded health systemsto Civica as founding members,” VanTrieste said Monday in astatement. “Drug shortages have become a national crisis wherepatient treatments and surgeries are canceled, delayed, orsuboptimal. We thank these organizations for joining us to makeessential generic medicines accessible and affordable in hospitalsacross the country.”

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The group said it expects to bring more than 14hospital-administered generic drugs to its members this year, withmany more to come. Civica Rx is seeking approval from the FDA tobecome a drug manufacturer or to sub-contract withmanufacturers.

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The new members include Advocate Aurora Health, Allegheny HealthNetwork, Baptist Health South Florida, Franciscan Alliance,Memorial Hermann Health System, NYU Langone Health, Ochsner HealthSystem, Sanford Health, Spectrum Health, St. Luke's UniversityHealth Network, Steward Health Care, and UnityPoint Health.

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Those health systems join the previously announced governingmembers of Civica Rx, which include Catholic Health Initiatives;the Gary and Mary West Foundation; HCA Healthcare; IntermountainHealthcare; Laura & John Arnold Foundation; Mayo Clinic; thePeterson Center on Healthcare; Providence St. Joseph Health; SSMHealth; and Trinity Health. Civica Rx is also working with theAmerican Hospital Association's (AHA) newly formed AHA Center forHealth Innovation in communicating with providers about theorganization.

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