May 6, 2014

Florida Cancer Specialists Selects Oncology Supply Expands Relationship of Innovation and Efficiencies

Dothan, Al. – Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), one of the largest cancer care providers in the United States, announced it will now be sourcing all its chemotherapeutic and supportive therapy products from Oncology Supply. The agreement will go into effect immediately.

 "We're very pleased with the new contract and continuing our long term partnership with Oncology Supply and International Oncology Network" said Dr. William Harwin, founder, president and managing partner of FCS. "Oncology Supply has been a major supporter of community oncology and has worked with FCS to accomplish best in class pricing, solid GPO contracts, and tight inventory control integrated with our electronic medical record. They have always provided excellent service and worked closely with FCS to help solve any related business problems that have arisen over the years. Working with outstanding partners is an important part of our business strategy and Oncology Supply and ION are always putting forth their best effort to work with FCS. One of my fondest memories is during Hurricane Charlie when Dave Leverette brought trucks down from Dothan, Alabama to pick up our refrigerated drugs. The FCS Executive Board voted unanimously to continue the partnership in signing a new contract."

The new agreement builds on an existing fifteen-year collaborative relationship between these two industry leading organizations The expanded partnership enhances existing supply chain efficiencies by consolidating all injectable, infusible and oral purchases into one supplier. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute operates over 80 facilities across the state of Florida. The clinics serve nearly 60,000 new patients annually. More than 170 physicians work within the FCS network.

“Our decision to transfer our oral chemotherapy to Oncology Supply expands an integral relationship,” said Brad Prechtl, chief executive officer of Florida Cancer Specialists.  “Since the majority of adult cancer patients throughout the country are treated in a community oncology setting like FCS, it is critical that our physicians and clinicians be able to provide all necessary treatments immediately and close to home.  Working with Oncology Supply allows FCS to have all necessary chemotherapy treatments readily available to cancer patients in the communities we serve.”

“Our relationship with Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute is one that shares expertise and drives innovation,” said AmerisourceBergen Provider Solutions President Dave Leverette. “The AmerisourceBergen organization helps clients shape healthcare delivery with unparalleled knowledge, reach and partnership. We’re excited Florida Cancer Specialists choose to expand our relationship.”

Oncology Supply is a unit of AmerisourceBergen, one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies.

About Florida Cancer Specialists

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 170 physicians, 110 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over 80 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home. Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida.

Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state's leading hospitals.

FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Palm Beach County.

At Florida Cancer Specialists, our primary purpose – and our passion – is to provide the most advanced cancer treatment, using cutting-edge technologies, in a setting where patients can be close to home and surrounded by family and friends.

About Oncology Supply

Oncology Supply is the world’s leading provider of oncology products and supportive services to community practices.  Oncology Supply is a unit of AmerisourceBergen, one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies, helping both healthcare providers and pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers improve patient access to products and enhance patient care. With services ranging from drug distribution and niche premium logistics to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services, AmerisourceBergen delivers innovative programs and solutions across the pharmaceutical supply channel. With over $100 billion in annualized revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs approximately 13,000 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #32 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to