Our History


  • Don Luis Cartagena Nieves founds the Betances Pharmacy on Betances Street in the town of Caguas.


  • Luis Cartagena, Jr. joins the family business and begins to offer drug distribution services to other pharmacies in Caguas and neighboring towns.

  • The Cartagena family acquired new facilities located in Reparto Industrial Cartagena, in Caguas where they had a space of 10,000 square feet due to accelerated growth and the need for more space.


  • They incorporate the first computerized systems to streamline tasks such as order taking and billing.


  • On the 30th anniversary, they expanded the space of the facility to 40,000 square feet and a scanning system was installed to facilitate product shipments.


  • They expanded storage areas, expanded routes, and increased the number of daily deliveries, offering a diversified range of new products. In addition, storage and logistics services were incorporated. Droguería Betances joins Optisource, the largest purchasing group of generic products in the United States.


  • Droguería Betances is acquired by its current President, Mr. Raúl Rodríguez Font, CPA.


  • They launch the Quality Choice private label product line with a wide variety of high-quality health and personal care products at affordable prices.

  • Droguería Betances creates an alliance with Pharmacy First, a company that offers community pharmacies contracting programs with medical plans and reconciliation.

  • Droguería Betances inaugurates its new Distribution Center and Central Offices with more than 80,000 square feet.


  • Droguería Betances celebrates its 50th Anniversary


  • Droguería Betances is recognized as the company in position number 10 of the local companies with the highest growth in sales. It also ranked No. 4 among the 63 local companies in the distribution category, according to the 2014 Caribbean Business Top 400 Locally Owned Companies publication.


  • Launch of the advertising campaign, Bringing Health to all of Puerto Rico on radio, press, and television.


  • The P.R. Compounding Academy opens in Droguería Betances.


  • Betances celebrates its 60th anniversary, bringing HEALTH to all of Puerto Rico.