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April 13, 2021

AmerisourceBergen Launches Accelerate Specialty Network – Nation’s First Specialty-Focused Pharmacy Services Administration Organization 

Conshohocken, Pa.– Today, global healthcare company AmerisourceBergen launched the Accelerate Specialty Network (Accelerate), the nation’s first specialty-focused Pharmacy Services Administration Organization (PSAO) that leverages AmerisourceBergen’s proven, data-driven PSAO strategy to enhance managed care access and optimize business performance for community-based specialty pharmacies. Accelerate members include accredited health system specialty pharmacies, independent specialty pharmacies and medically integrated dispensing practices. 

“As specialty pharmaceutical development continues its upward trajectory, the need for higher-touch care coordination for patients will also rise. More and more, patients want to find that care on their own terms,” said Willis Chandler, President of Health Systems & Specialty Services at AmerisourceBergen. “Over the years, payors have narrowed their networks to contain costs and outcomes, but that has dictated where patients can go to get their specialty medications. Accelerate was built to work with payors to help promote and enable accessible community-based pharmaceutical care.”

Accelerate offers its members solutions that aim to deliver beneficial payer contracts, allowing providers to reduce the time spent on administrative responsibilities and focus on what matters most: providing the best possible care to their patients.

  • Using data and insights, Accelerate works proactively to expand members’ access to specialty contracts through agreements with local, regional, and national commercial payers and pharmacy benefit managers.
  • In addition, members can review their pharmacy’s data in conjunction with the PSAO’s experts and find ways to optimize their business.
  • Accelerate exists to help members navigate the intricacies of managed care networks with professional services that improve operational efficiency for the pharmacy and business overall.

“At AmerisourceBergen and Accelerate, we believe in unlocking the value of specialty medications and community-based care at a national scale,” said Angela Ward, Senior Vice President of Specialty Services, AmerisourceBergen. “Through our diverse national network of high-performing health systems, independent specialty pharmacies, and medically integrated dispensing practices, we are working with payers to achieve national coverage and consolidated contracting.No one knows a patient like their provider; that’s why we have an uncompromising focus on enabling accessible care in the communities where patients live, with the providers they know.”

For more information on the Accelerate Specialty Network, please visit

About AmerisourceBergen                 
AmerisourceBergen fosters a positive impact on the health of people and communities around the world by advancing the development and delivery of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. As a leading global healthcare company, with a foundation in pharmaceutical distribution and solutions for manufacturers, pharmacies, and providers, we create unparalleled access, efficiency, and reliability for human and animal health. Our 22,000 global team members power our purpose: We are united in our responsibility to create healthier futures. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #10 on the Fortune 500 with more than $185 billion in annual revenue. Learn more at