Court orders PharMerica to pay $48.5M tab
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A circuit court judge has told PharMerica Corp., a national provider with 17 specialty home infusion pharmacies, to honor outstanding invoices from AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. for about $48.5 million. PharMerica has withheld payment and applied the invoice amounts against rebates and other amounts that it believes AmerisourceBergen owes the provider, which are in excess of $48.5 million. But the Jefferson County Kentucky Circuit Court ruled on April 1 that PharMerica must pay the invoices even if AmerisourceBergen failed to pay the provider for rebates and other amounts owed. PharMerica plans to appeal. It says it is in the process of obtaining a bond that will prevent it from having to pay AmerisourceBergen while an appeal is pending. In addition to the specialty home infusion pharmacies, PharMerica operates 94 institutional pharmacies, and five specialty oncology pharmacies in five states. AmerisourceBergen is the provider’s former wholesale supplier of pharmaceutical products.