AmerisourceBergen was built on a legacy of more than 100 years of excellence in pharmaceutical sourcing and wholesale distribution. Today, we impact millions of lives by applying innovation toward everything from the way pharmaceuticals are accessed to the delivery of personalized patient care.
The beginnings of something big
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
Emil P. Martini opens his first retail pharmacy in Hackensack, NJ, in 1928. In 1947, Martini founds the Bergen Drug Co.
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.
Bergen Brunswig revolutionizes the industry by pioneering the electronic transmission of purchase orders, reducing distribution time to 24 hours.
Alco Standard enters distribution
Alco Standard Corporation purchases The Drug House, a major wholesaler operating in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
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
The company introduces AccuSource, an electronic ordering system for retail pharmacy customers. Developed in conjunction with Apple Computer, the program represented Apple’s largest multimedia project for a single company.
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
The Affordable Care Act was enacted.
AmerisourceBergen becomes the leading provider of specialty logistics for the biopharmaceutical industry through the purchase of World Courier. The move extends the company’s value to the earliest stages of product development and provides a local presence in 50+ countries worldwide.
A landmark agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance
A big move into animal health
Boosting operational health for hospitals
In 2015, AmerisourceBergen expands its ability to help health systems improve operational efficiency and enhance patient care by acquiring PharMEDium, the national leader in customized pharmacy sterile compounding for hospital intravenous and epidural therapies.