Specialty Pharmacy: Build, Buy, or Partner

Dan Duffy
Published: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
Dan Duffy

Dan Duffy

The use of oral oncolytics is rapidly expanding, giving patients promising new treatment options. In 2015, nine oral cancer drugs were approved by the FDA, and of the 836 cancer medicines and vaccines biopharmaceutical companies currently have in clinical development, 25% are oral agents.

For oncology practices that want to expand specialty pharmacy services on behalf of their patients, should they build, buy, or partner?


Buy: this offers many of the same benefits of building your capabilities and may accelerate the process and limit diversion of focus; however, it requires significant upfront capital.

Build: this requires a significant investment of time and resources, but allows practices to maintain control. Questions to consider: do you have the expertise to build from scratch? Will this divert attention from higher priorities?

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