The beginnings of something big
In 1871, Lucien Napoleon Brunswig becomes an apprentice to a U.S. druggist. This begins his journey to becoming a leader in the drug wholesale market. In 1882, Brunswig partners with Wheelock-Finlay, a well-established wholesale drug company. After Finlay’s passing, Brunswig takes on a partner, F. W. Braun in 1887. In 1907, Brunswig buys out Braun, renaming the business The Brunswig Drug Company. After relocating headquarters to Vernon, Calif., the company focuses exclusively on wholesale drug distribution.
Post-World War I
Brunswig becomes the first wholesale drug company in the United States to introduce computerized punch cards for keeping track of inventory.
The origins of Bergen Drug Company
The space race begins
Entering the computer age
Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicaid/Medicare into law.
Bergen Drug Company buys Brunswig Drug Company and renames the company Bergen Brunswig Corporation.
Good Neighbor Pharmacy founded to help grow community pharmacies
Alco Standard makes many acquisitions, and Kauffman-Lattimer of Columbus, Ohio, becomes a part of the mix to expand distribution reach.
HIV/AIDS crisis begins
An “intrapreneurial” venture
Alco Health Services changes name to AmeriSource Health Corporation.
Electronic ordering developed with Apple Computer
Expansion into the growing specialty pharmaceuticals market
AmeriSource Health Corporation and Bergen Brunswig Corporation announce the two companies have agreed to combine. Together, the two companies become AmerisourceBergen.
Ongoing growth in specialty—both in the U.S. and Canada
Affordable Care Act enacted
A landmark agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance
A big move into animal health