Cardinal Health, Inc. buys Healthcare Solutions Holding for $517 million

Cardinal Health today announced plans to expand its presence in specialty pharmaceutical services with a definitive agreement to purchase Healthcare Solutions Holding, LLC in an upfront $517 million all-cash transaction.

The agreement also includes the opportunity for earn-out payments of up to $150 million over the next three years.

Healthcare Solutions Holding is the parent company of a number of subsidiaries including P4 Pathways and P4 Healthcare. These businesses serve key participants across the chain of specialty care including physicians, pharmaceutical companies and payors by providing essential tools, services and data to help improve the quality of patient outcomes and increase efficiency in the delivery of health care services. The acquisition will expand Cardinal Health’s current capabilities and reach in specialty pharmaceuticals, a segment of the market which IMS Health forecasts will grow at twice the rate of traditional pharmaceuticals for the next five years and exceed $100 billion in sales by 2013.