Mail-order program forces Roche to cut jobs

Monday, August 5, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Roche, which has its North American headquarters here, will cut jobs in the next several months due to a 14% decline in revenues for the first six months of this year for its diabetes care business, according to an article in the Indianapolis Business Journal. “The U.S. diabetes care market is rapidly evolving, and Roche’s diabetes care business in the U.S. is responding by making changes to its customer service and manufacturing operations, which includes the elimination of some jobs,” spokesman Todd Siesky wrote in a prepared statement to the journal. A national mail-order program for diabetes supplies went into effect July 1, cutting Medicare reimbursement by, on average, 72%. Roche will cut jobs in customer service in Fishers and in manufacturing in Indianapolis. Between the two sites, Roche employs more than 900 in the area, according to the journal. Reuters reported earlier this year that the company is trying to sell its diabetes care business.