WellPoint opens west-side pharmacy operation

Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has opened its location at Indianapolis International Airport for handling specialty drugs.

The 126,000-square-foot site within the former United Airlines maintenance hangar has automated handling equipment and a call center. It is staffed with 400 workers and is slated to grow to 900 before 2010.

Pharmaceuticals handled through PrecisionRx Specialty Solutions often are used for treating chronic diseases. Many of the drugs must be handled in areas where temperatures can be managed.

PrecisionRx Specialty Solutions handles more than 1,000 drugs for hemophilia, multiple sclerosis and 12 other diseases.

The project received approximately $10 million in state and local incentives.

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