Monday, June 18, 2007

Prescription for growth in an evolving market

From the Hamilton Spectator:
In the grand scheme of things, Marchese Health Care and its staff of 80 is relatively small. The trick to survival in this business though, is thinking like a big multinational.

That philosophy is the driving force behind the James Street North company's recent expansion to build a cutting-edge sterile compounding facility, the first of its kind in southern Ontario and only the third like it in Canada.

The facility, built by Burlington-based Viro-Mart, is used to assemble custom prescriptions, intravenous medications or nutrition.

Fred Bruns, director of operations, pharmacy and client services at Marchese, said many pharmacies in the United States have already built similar facilities.

"It was driven by our desire to be at the cutting edge of what we do," he said. "In the U.S., these standards are not even mandatory, they're guidelines. Inevitably those standards will come to Canada." ...more

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