PDX to Supply Retailers with Prescription Drugs

May 28, 2002

PDX Inc., a Fort Worth pharmaceutical company that has quietly written software for more than 10,000 retailers to verify, fill and bill for prescriptions, is tackling online drug giants via some of the nation’s largest grocers and discount retailers, reports the Dallas Business Journal.

Former pharmacist Ken Hill Sr. grew the business from The Drug Store, an independent pharmacy he ran on Granbury square, where he also served as mayor. He and son, PDX Chief Operating Officer Kenny Hill Jr., have set out to resurrect Rx.com. PDX and its affiliates bought the name, the robotic delivery system and the other assets of the failed online druggist, according to Kenny Hill Jr.

PDX plans to launch the nation’s first “central-fill” automated prescription service by the end of this summer. It will focus on repeat customers of the 60 discount retail and grocery chains that currently do business with PDX and its affiliate, National Health Information Network Inc. Mr. Hill Jr. says he has signed a contract to provide the new service to Publix Super Markets, and is negotiating contracts with other major retailers, including Kmart, Target and Wal-Mart Canada, in advance of a customers’ meeting June 7.

Moderator Comment: What are the advantages/disadvantages
for retailers using PDX or a system like it? What serves the needs of consumers
better, an outsourced or in-house prescription refill system? [George
Anderson – Moderator

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