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Cardinal Health Inc

Business Description


Cardinal Health, Inc., an Ohio corporation formed in 1979, is a holding company encompassing a number of operating subsidiaries that do business as Cardinal Health. The Company is a leading provider of products and services supporting the health care industry, and helping health care providers and manufacturers improve the efficiency and quality of health care.

The Company has four reporting segments. They are: Pharmaceutical Distribution and Provider Services, Medical Products and Services, Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services and Automation and Information
Services.


PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION AND PROVIDER SERVICES

Through its Pharmaceutical Distribution and Provider Services segment, the Company distributes a broad line of pharmaceutical and other health care products and provides pharmacy management and related consulting services to hospital, retail and alternate-site pharmacies. The Company's Pharmaceutical Distribution business is one of the country's leading wholesale distributors of pharmaceutical and related health care products to independent and chain drug stores, hospitals, alternate care centers and the pharmacy departments of supermarkets and mass merchandisers located throughout the United States.

MEDICAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Through its Medical Products and Services segment, the Company provides medical products and services and cost-saving services to hospitals and other health care providers. For example, the Company offers a broad range of medical and laboratory products, representing approximately 2,000 suppliers in addition to its own line of surgical and respiratory therapy products to hospitals and other health care providers.

PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES

Through its Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services segment, the Company provides a broad range of technologies and services to the pharmaceutical, life sciences and consumer health industry. This segment's Oral Technologies business provides proprietary drug delivery technologies, including softgel capsules, controlled release forms and Zydis(R) fast dissolving wafers, and manufacturing for nearly all traditional oral dosage forms.

AUTOMATION AND INFORMATION SERVICES

The Company, through its Automation and Information Services segment, operates businesses focusing on meeting customer needs through unique and proprietary automation and information products and services. For example, this segment develops, manufactures, leases, sells and services bedside clinical and patient entertainment systems as well as point-of-use systems that automate the distribution and management of medications and supplies in hospitals and other health care facilities.

CUSTOMERS AND SUPPLIERS

The Company's largest retail distribution customer in its Pharmaceutical Distribution and Provider Services segment, CVS Meridian, Inc. ("CVS"). The Company could be adversely affected if the business of this customer were lost. The two largest retail bulk distribution customers in the Pharmaceutical Distribution and Provider Services segment are CVS and Walgreens Co.

COMPETITION

The markets in which the Company operates generally are highly competitive.

In the Pharmaceutical Distribution and Provider Services segment, the Company's pharmaceutical wholesale distribution business competes directly with two other national wholesale distributors (McKesson Corporation and AmerisourceBergen Corporation) and smaller regional wholesale distributors, direct selling manufacturers, self-warehousing chains and specialty distributors on the basis of a value proposition that includes breadth of product lines, marketing programs, support services and pricing.

In the Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services segment, the Company competes on several fronts including competition with other companies providing outsourcing services to pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as those manufacturers who choose to handle these services in-house. Specifically, in this segment, the Company competes as follows: the Oral Technologies business competes with providers of both new drug delivery technologies and existing delivery technologies; the Biotechnology and Sterile Life Sciences business competes with other providers of sterile fill/finish manufacturing and lyophilization services; the Pharmaceutical Development business competes with providers of contract discovery, development and analytical laboratory services and manufacture and packaging of clinical supplies; the Packaging Services business competes with companies that provide packaging components and packaging services; and the Healthcare Marketing Services business competes with other providers of medical education, marketing/product launch services, contract sales and product logistics services.




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