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The AmerisourceBergen Foundation & AmerisourceBergen Associates Donate $32,000 to Support Rare Disease Research

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Apr 28, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and AmerisourceBergen associates announced two donations totaling $32,000 to support rare disorder research. The donations were awarded to the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD) and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), two non-profit organizations devoted to identifying and treating rare disorders through patient services and education, advocacy and research programs.

The donations were inspired by a 13-hour, nearly 600-mile overnight truck delivery to provide lifesaving treatment to a newborn at a Toronto hospital on Christmas Day. On Dec. 23, 2015, ICS, a part of AmerisourceBergen, received a request to ship a specific medication to the hospital for a baby suffering from a rare condition that, if left untreated, could result in death. The prescribed medication is not traditionally available in Canada, so upon receiving the approval from Health Canada at mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, the ICS team reopened its distribution center to process the order.

With no flights available, a team of ICS, World Courier and Innomar Strategies associates developed a plan to deliver the treatment within the tight timeframe. The plan, which included multiple drivers and several shipment handoffs...


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