All Cardinal Health™ Brand products that carry the Cardinal Health name or are trademarked are eligible, including the following:

  • Anesthesia products
  • Fluid Management
  • Infection Control products
  • Innovative Therapies
  • Laboratory products
  • Mobility and bathroom accessory products
  • Orthopedic Solutions
  • Patient Care products
  • Presource® Products and Services
  • Surgical and Exam Gloves
  • Surgical Drapes and Gowns
  • Skin and Wound Management, including Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Women and Baby products

* Not included: Cordis products, National Brands, equipment as set forth on leases

OptiFreight Logistics® is currently the only service eligible for Essential Rewards, and freight billings contribute towards a customer’s Cardinal Health™ Brand spend total, and thus, towards their rebate. OptiFreight® Logistics as part of Essential Rewards offers double savings benefits – first by lowering shipping costs, and then by contributing to earning a larger rebate.

Rebate periods run from January 1 - June 30 and July 1 - December 31 every year and rebates will be paid within 60 days of the rebate period ending - and normally closer to 30 days.

Rebates are paid in the form of credit memos that can be applied to current or future Cardinal Health invoices.

Please contact your Cardinal Health sales representative to begin the process of signing up for Essential Rewards. Your representative will determine eligibility with you based on program parameters, and if appropriate, will assist you in filling out an electronic Letter of Participation (LOP) that will complete your enrollment in the program.

Purchases will start contributing towards your rebate the 1st day of the month following full execution of the agreement. Example: An LOP signed July 15 will start earning towards rebates on August 1.

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