CDC Expands Existing Vaccine Distribution Partnership with McKesson to Include H1N1 Flu Vaccine

August 10, 2014

McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) today announced that its current partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been expanded to include preparations for H1N1 flu vaccine distribution. The CDC currently has a contract with McKesson for distribution of its public-sector purchased adult and pediatric vaccines, including those distributed through the Vaccines for Children Program. Through this program, McKesson distributes 80 million doses to more than 40,000 providers each year. Under the authority of Unusual and Compelling Urgency (Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-2), the CDC is expanding its existing contract with McKesson to include centralized distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine currently under development.

The H1N1 vaccine distribution effort will include the centralized distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine to as many as 90,000 sites across the country, making it the largest public health initiative in the CDC's history. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC are working with state and local public health officials and vaccine manufacturers to develop the timeline and plan for distribution and administration of the H1N1 flu vaccine to the public. Preparations are underway for McKesson to manage its part of the H1N1 flu vaccine initiative. McKesson's role will be to distribute the vaccine to sites designated by state health departments across the country. Each state will designate the providers who will receive and administer the vaccine.

As the CDC's centralized vaccine distributor, McKesson has established a track record of improving the consistency and reliability of the CDC's vaccine supply while reducing costs. McKesson also has access to a network of thousands of CDC providers through technology systems that link those providers to an existing distribution system and provide data to the CDC on a daily basis.

"As the world's largest healthcare services company, McKesson is pleased to expand our partnership with the CDC, and we are committed to our role in this unprecedented H1N1 preparedness effort," said Paul Julian, executive vice president and group president of McKesson Corporation. "We look forward to continuing to support the CDC in meeting its public health objectives."

McKesson is committed to helping its customers, including the CDC, deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson utilizes electronic order processing, sophisticated asset management tools, and Six Sigma methodology to provide safe, high-quality and cost-effective pharmaceutical distribution services to providers across every segment of healthcare, from retail pharmacies to large-scale health systems.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson has been in continuous operation for more than 175 years, making it the longest-operating company in healthcare today. Over the course of its history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit

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