Topco, Marsh Resolve Pharmaceutical Supply Dispute

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Topco, Marsh Resolve Pharmaceutical Supply Dispute

06/24/2009
Marsh Supermarkets has patched up a disagreement over a pharmaceutical supply agreement involving Topco Associates LLC and AmerisourceBergen Corp., terms of which were not available.

Through Skokie, Ill.-based Topco, Marsh procures discounted drugs for its pharmacies from AmerisourceBergen, which is based in suburban Philadelphia. In February, Marsh sued both parties and said it planned to switch its purchasing to McKesson, arguing that a five-year purchase agreement signed in 2005 by former CEO Don Marsh had an escape clause. Topco in turn said it would impose heavy fines on the regional retailer for breaking the deal.

The resolution of the dispute means that Indianapolis-based Marsh will remain a member of Topco -- a leading procurement consortium of food retailers, wholesalers and foodservice companies -- including continued participation in Topco’s pharmaceutical supply agreement.