Healthcare distributor tops supply chain rankings

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Owens & Minor, the US distributor of healthcare products, has come in the Gartner healthcare supply chain Top 25 ahead of pharmaceutical giants such as Johnson & Johnson and Novartis.

Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2010

1   Owens & Minor
2   Johnson & Johnson
3   Sisters of Mercy Health System
4   Cardinal Health
5   Novartis
6   Becton, Dickinson and Company
7   Intermountain Healthcare
8   Mayo Clinic
9   McKesson
10   GlaxoSmithKline
11   Abbott
12   CVS Caremark
13   AmerisourceBergen
14   BJC HealthCare
15   Walgreens
16   BostonScientific
17   AstraZeneca
18   Eli Lilly
19   Pfizer
20   Fresenius Medical Care North America
21   Endo Pharmaceuticals
22   Amgen
23   Geisinger Health System
24   Alcon  
25   Bristol-Myers Squibb

Source: Gartner

Wayne McDonnell, research director at Gartner, said: “Two themes emerged from our review of this year’s Top 25: The time has come for value chain intermediaries to lead the extension of best practices across the value chain, and several health systems are illuminating a path to supply chain excellence for all value chain organisation to follow.”

Gartner said that Owens & Minor headed the table as a result of its solid financial performance and respect from value chain peers.

“The company is recognise for its work as an effective supply chain partner by manufacturers and hospitals alike. It is managing ‘self-distribution’ for a few health systems’ consolidated service centres and has bolstered its value-added services to hospitals in recent years. Also, Owens & Minor continues to grow its HealthCare Logistics business unit, providing warehouse and logistics capabilities for life sciences manufacturers looking for capacity or exceptional service to hospital customers.”


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