Puyallup Herald

118,500-square-foot drug distribution center to open in Puyallup

The largest drug distributor in the nation has opened a new distribution center in Puyallup.

McKesson Corp. announced earlier this month it expects to hire 75 people.

The center will fulfill orders for prescription medicines and be a hub for daily deliveries to hospitals, health systems and pharmacies, said Cameron Roberts, the center’s manager.

The 118,500-square-foot distribution facility is in the 200 block of Todd Road. The building has several green features, including a high-efficiency reflective roof to reduce heat gain, and an energy-management system, Roberts said.

McKesson has been been a defendant recently in national lawsuits filed by states claiming that drug distributors saturated cities with highly addictive opioids.

In a West Virginia lawsuit, McKesson settled for $37 million in May after the state accused the company of selling nearly 100 million doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone to West Virginians from 2007 to 2012. McKesson denied the allegations.

“Our company is committed to maintaining, and continuously enhancing, strong programs designed to detect and prevent opioid diversion, while also protecting the availability of appropriate treatments for patients with serious illnesses and injuries,” McKesson said in a statement to The News Tribune.

Josephine Peterson covers Pierce County and Puyallup for The News Tribune and The Puyallup Herald. She previously worked at The News Journal in Delaware as the crime reporter and interned at The Washington Post.