Case Study

McKesson Delivers Pharmaceuticals Safely & Reliably With Standardized Environmental Monitoring In 60 Distribution Centers

Source: Vaisala, Inc.

Founded in 1833, McKesson is the oldest and largest healthcare services company in North America. McKesson supplies branded, generic, and over-the-counter drugs to over 40,000 customers comprising more than 50% of U.S. hospitals and 96% of the top 25 health plan providers. McKesson’s healthcare solutions provide one-third of all medications used every day across North America. As a national leader in pharmaceutical distribution, the company incorporates innovative technological solutions — such as electronic order processing, computerized merchandising, and asset management tools. These and other McKesson solutions ensure safe, efficient, and GDP-compliant distribution services.

In 2011, Regional (U.S.) Facilities Manager Joe Cwiertniewicz initiated a vendor selection process to find a contemporary solution for monitoring temperature and humidity conditions in McKesson’s refrigerators, freezers, warehouses and other controlled environments. Cwiertniewicz and his team evaluated several different monitoring systems through a review process that included the installation of four competing systems for testing in various McKesson environments. Each of the systems evaluated had to fulfill McKesson’s criteria.