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Cardinal Health launches Zipline drone delivery for drugs and medical supplies

Zipline’s fixed-wing drones deliver medical supplies to North Carolina. [Image courtesy of Zipline]

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) today began aerial delivery of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies via a Zipline drone in North Carolina.

Zipline based in San Francisco earned FAA Part 135 air carrier certification for long-haul flights earlier this month. The company made its first commercial deliveries on June 22 with a maiden flight of 16 nautical miles.

Flights starting today depart from Zipline’s hub in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on behalf of Cardinal Health as well as Novant Health and Magellan Rx Management.

Zipline said the hub can serve customers in a 7,800 square mile area in as little as 15 minutes, with emissions 98% lower than traditional delivery options.

“We envision a future in which goods move almost instantaneously,” said Zipline Founder and CEO Keller Rinaudo. Press release. “With Novant Health, Magellan Rx Management and Cardinal Health, we are making this a reality. In the process, we are setting the bar for care and convenience with instant logistics.”

Cardinal Health flights to Cannon Pharmacy Main are intended to make it easier for patients to get the products they need.

“We are committed to working diligently to help ensure that our healthcare provider customers have access to the right medicine at the right time for their patients, and an effective distribution strategy is required to achieve this,” said Josh Dolan, Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Operations at Cardinal Health. in the press release. “Through our work with Zipline, we are able to expand our world-class distribution services with innovative delivery methods that will help our customers meet the changing needs of their patients – now and in the future.”

Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio) is the eighth largest medical technology company in the world, according to Medical design and outsourcingof the latest Big 100 ranking by revenue.

Zipline flights make Phoenix-based Magellan Rx Management the only national pharmacy benefits manager to deliver prescription drugs directly to patients at home using drones.

At Novant Health, Zipline will deliver specialty medications to patients in the healthcare network. Novant and Zipline, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have launched the first emergency logistics drone operation for the pandemic response in 2020 with contactless deliveries of essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment .

The zip line is also delivering health and wellness products to Walmart customers in Northwest Arkansas.

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean