McKesson eyes automation for distribution center

McKesson US Pharmaceutical will open a distribution center in Caroline County, VA. A local press report says plans call for a 340,000-square-foot center requiring a $50 million investment.

The facility will include "solutions for the automated picking of fast- and slow-moving product, and for storage and shipment of cold chain products," says Don Walker, senior VP for distribution operations, via email. It will ship no vaccines, he says, but rather prescription medications to independent and national chain pharmacies as well as hospital pharmacies.

Virginia outgunned Maryland and Pennsylvania in attracting the big 3 pharma distributor. Separately, the company announced in late May that it will locate a $115 million distribution operation in Olive Branch, MS. 

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