Chronic Disease Increasing Need for Specialty Pharmacy Services


The average American’s lifespan may have increased to 78 years old, but chronic diseases are are still prevalent.  According to the CDC, six in 10 adults in the US have a chronic disease and it has become the leading cause of death and disability across the nation. The rise in chronic disease cases has led to a significant increase in specialty medication development as well as a rise in specialty pharmacies, which are associated with better patient care and higher rates of adherence. Healthcare companies like Mednow, Inc. (TSXV:MNOW) (OTC:MDNWF), 1Life Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONEM), Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX), Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), and WELL Health Technologies Corp. (TSX:WELL) (OTC:WLYYF) are all well-placed in the healthcare and specialty pharmacy sectors to serve this growing market.

Chronic disease management requires constant monitoring and adjustments for symptoms and side effects, which is where healthcare technology companies offering virtual access with exceptional care like Mednow, Inc. (TSXV:MNOW) (OTC:MDNWF) come in.

On February 24,2022, Mednow provided a corporate update outlining major operational milestones over the last few months, including several key acquisitions and milestones.

On February 22, 2022, Mednow, Inc. acquired London Pharmacare Inc. and Liver Care Canada Inc. (collectively, the “Liver Specialty Group”). This acquisition is Mednow’s second acquisition within the specialty pharmacy market and is expected to strengthen the company’s expertise in hepatological drugs. Mednow is a healthcare technology company, with its own digital pharmacies, offering telemedicine services as well as home doctor visits, genetic testing, mental health assessments and nutritionists. 

In its last fiscal year, the Liver Specialty Group generated approximately C$21M in revenue and C$2M in gross profits from selling prescription medications and support services to its patients. The Liver Specialty Group deal follows Mednow’s acquisitions of InfusiCare Canada Inc. on November 18, 2021, and Medvisit on August 6, 2021. The combination of Liver Specialty Group, InfusiCare and Medvisit’s aggregate revenue in their last fiscal years was approximately C$34M and C$3.2M in total gross profit.

“The successful acquisition of the Liver Specialty Group further demonstrates the continuation of our acquisition strategy to continue to expand nationally and grow organically” said Karim Nassar, Chief Executive Officer of Mednow. “Over the last ten months, since our initial public offering in March 2021, Mednow has continued on its growth trajectory by acquiring companies with aggregate revenue in their last fiscal year of approximately C$33.6M and C$3.3M in total gross profit, while building out a national, digital pharmacy.”

The acquisition of the Liver Specialty Group’s expands Mednow’s offering of specialty pharmacy services to two, following the acquisition of InfusiCare Canada Inc. last month. Liver Specialty Group’s database includes a patient base of 100,000 patients, ten Hepatologist and Gastrointestinal Specialists, ten Nurses and two Nurse practitioners and boasts a history of 5,000 cured patients of hepatitis C. 

The acquisition of the Liver Specialty Group is Mednow’s second acquisition within the specialty pharmacy space. In November 2021, the company signed an agreement to acquire InfusiCare Canada and its wholly-owned subsidiary, a specialty pharmacy that is also operating out of the Arva Clinic in London, Ontario. The acquisition of the Liver Specialty Group is expected to bolster Mednow’s expertise in biologic drugs, which is a growing class of drugs in the pharmaceutical industry, and would give the company the ability to offer same-day delivery in London, Ontario, and the surrounding areas. Mednow also closed the acquisition of Medvisit, Canada’s Largest and Longest Standing Doctor Home Visit Provider, in August 2021.The combination of Liver Specialty Group, Infusicare and Medvisit’s aggregate revenue in their last fiscal years was approximately C$34 million and C$3.2 million in total gross profit.

Mednow also recently partnered with PACE Consulting Benefits and Pensions Ltd. and PACE Consulting MGA Services Inc. (collectively, “PACE”) to allow PACE to market Mednow’s digital pharmacy and healthcare platform to its network of plan members. PACE is one of Canada’s largest independent group advisory firms, specializing in Group Benefits, Group Retirement, and Group MGA/advisor support services. 

Mednow currently offers same-day delivery to four major Canadian cities (Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax, and London), and anticipates further expansion.

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Healthcare Delivers Results in a Growing Market of Chronic Disease Patients

1Life Healthcare (One Medical), Inc. (NASDAQ:ONEM) just announced its third-quarter 2021 results, reporting a net revenue of $151.3 Million, a 49% increase year-over-year (YoY) and a total membership count of 715,000, a 40% increase YoY.  In the release, 1Life also provided Q4 2021 guidance and updates on its full year 2021 guidance including membership count, net revenue, Care Margin, and Adjusted EBITDA. 

Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX) is an innovative medical technology company focused on improving women’s health, and also has acquisition news. It recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Bolder Surgical, a privately held, US-based company providing advanced energy vessel sealing surgical devices. This acquisition bolsters the company’s growing laparoscopic portfolio. To date, Hologic has committed US$5 million in donations to nonprofit organizations located near its major facilities in the pursuit of improving women’s health, STEM education, and social justice.

Canada-based medical technology company Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) just announced that it has received a Health Canada license for Huge, its cutting-edge robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) system used for urologic and gynecologic laparoscopic surgical procedures (currently accounting for half of all robotic procedures). The Hugo RAS system is a modular, multi-quadrant platform that combines wristed instruments, 3D visualization, and a cloud-based surgical video capture option in Touch Surgery™ Enterprise.

On December 2, technology-enabled healthcare company Well Health Technologies Corp. (TSX:WELL) (OTC:WLYYF) provided key updates on its Virtual Services business and announced the 100% acquisition of CognisantMD and its Ocean Platform, which includes a full suite of virtual patient engagement tools, as well as in-clinic check-in kiosks and tablets.. CognisantMD will operate as a stand-alone business within the WELL Digital App Business Unit and will be operated by its current President, Jeff Kavanagh and Medical Director, Dr. Doug Kavanagh.

The healthcare problems plaguing the US and Canada are manageable with the right specialty drugs and services, and Mednow’s (TSXV:MNOW) (OTC:MDNWF) advancement through acquisitions in this space shows the company’s commitment to chronic disease treatment.

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