Committees & Councils

HDA has a variety of standing or special councils, committees and task forces that operate at the direction of its Board of Directors to help the Alliance and its members achieve the goals of the organization.

DocumentCouncils

Industry Relations Council

This council, composed of distributor and manufacturer members, provides leadership on pharmaceutical distribution and supply chain issues.

HDA Staff Contact: Perry Fri, Executive Vice President, Industry Relations, Membership and Education

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Committees

Advocacy, Policy and Value Committee

The Advocacy, Policy and Value is a board-level advisory committee whose primary responsibility is to review and provide input on strategic initiatives at the intersection of Government Affairs, Policy, Advocacy and Communications and provide advice and counsel to HDA on such matters.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Nicolette Louissaint, PhD, Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

John Parker, Senior Vice President, Communications

Elizabeth Gallenagh, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Integrity

Audit, Finance and Governance Committee

This committee is a board-level advisory committee whose primary responsibility is to assist the Board of Directors in its oversight of the association’s audit, financial reporting processes and application of good nonprofit governance principles.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Ann Bittman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth Gallenagh, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Integrity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

This committee is a board-level advisory committee whose primary responsibility is to support HDA’s goal to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion within the healthcare distribution industry.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts:

Ann Bittman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Anne Nevel, Vice President, Education

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Task Forces

Bar Code Task Force

This task force identifies best practices for implementing bar code technology for use in the pharmaceutical supply chain. 

Participation: Distributor, Manufacturer and Service Provider Members

HDA Staff Contact: Perry Fri, Executive Vice President, Industry Relations, Membership and Education

Communications Task Force

This council strategically plans and positions all HDA external communications on behalf of its members.

HDA Staff Contact: John Parker, Senior Vice President, Communications

Decarbonization Task Force

This task force helps to determine HDA positions on climate change, decarbonization and sustainability within the healthcare supply chain.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contact: Elizabeth Gallenagh, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Integrity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

This task force was created to develop, collaborate and share diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices to enhance our organizations and ultimately strengthen the industry’s ability to deliver safe, affordable, and efficient healthcare.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contact: Ann Bittman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

EDI Task Force

The mission of the EDI Task Force is to develop and maintain voluntary technical standards and guidelines for healthcare distribution as it relates to the use of US ANSI x12 standards. The initial projects will develop guidelines to support the technical exchange of data. The task force will take on other projects as assigned by other task forces within HDA.

Participation: Distributor, Manufacturer and Service Provider Members

HDA Staff Contact: Tim Stearns, Senior Director, Industry Relations

Federal Issues Task Force (FITF)

This task force identifies and addresses federal legislative issues affecting pharmaceutical distribution. It evaluates legislative proposals and provides guidance to develop strategies that address legislative proposals and implement Board of Directors-approved policies. The task force formulates and recommends policies and develops materials to further HDA’s legislative agenda.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Kristen Freitas, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs

Abby Kizer, Manager, Federal Government Affairs

Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Legal Issues Task Force (LITF)

This task force serves as a forum for legal professionals within our member companies.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contact: Elizabeth Gallenagh, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Integrity

Manufacturers' Government Affairs Advisory Task Force

The mission of this task force is to provide a forum for briefing HDA’s manufacturer members on federal and state legislative and regulatory activity affecting the pharmaceutical distribution channel. Topics discussed include such issues as prescription drug traceability, distributor licensing, FDA and DEA regulation of distribution, importation and Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contact: Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

NDC Task Force

This task force meets as needed to address FDA’s plans to develop a new NDC structure (see FDA’s announcement in the Federal Register).

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contact: Jaidalyn Rand, Director, Industry Relations

Regulatory Issues Task Force (RITF)

The mission of this task force is to identify and address federal regulatory policy and related issues affecting pharmaceutical distribution. It evaluates and provides guidance in strategy development for addressing regulatory proposals and for implementing Board of Directors-approved policies. The task force also formulates and recommends policies to the HDA board.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Anita Ducca, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Reimbursement Issues Task Force (RTF)

The mission of this task force is to identify and address legislation and regulatory reimbursement issues affecting HDA’s distributor members and helps shape legislative and regulatory strategies.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contact: Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

State Issues Task Force

The mission of this task force is to identify and address state legislative and regulatory issues affecting the healthcare distribution industry. It formulates and recommends policies to the association’s Board of Directors that will advance the interests of HDA pharmaceutical distributor members.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Matt DiLoreto, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs and Alliance Development

Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Supply Chain Resiliency Task Force (SCRTF)

This task force, comprised of member company representatives and supply chain operations and policy subject matter experts, serves as HDA’s primary forum for supply chain issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including governmental response and preparedness directives, stockpiling, essential medicine production, onshoring/near shoring, drug shortages, as well as supply chain data illumination and transparency.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Patrick Kelly, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Nicolette Louissaint, PhD, Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

Verification Router Service Task Force

This task force meets as needed to identify and resolve technical and process issues related to the Verification Router Service (VRS).

Participation: Distributor, Manufacturer and applicable Service Provider Members

HDA Staff Contact: Jaidalyn Rand, Director, Industry Relations

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Working Groups

Contracts and Chargebacks Working Group

This working group explores how the contract administration process can be streamlined through process improvements or technical efficiencies. It also creates and exchanges industry knowledge of interest to contract and chargeback professionals.

Participation: Distributor and Manufacturer Members

HDA Staff Contact: Anne Nevel, Vice President, Education

Exceptions Handling Work Group

This work group meets as needed to address exceptions that may arise when passing (or failing to pass) information required by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). 

Participation: Distributor and Manufacturer Members

HDA Staff Contact: Jaidalyn Rand, Director, Industry Relations

New Product Form Work Group

This work group meets as needed to clarify existing fields in the HDA Standard Pharmaceutical Product and Medical Device Information Forms and better reflect common commercial and regulatory information required for new item setup.

Participation: Distributor and Manufacturer Members

HDA Staff Contact: Jaidalyn Rand, Director, Industry Relations

Traceability Implementation Work Group (TIWG)

The mission of this work group is to support and provide insight into HDA’s members’ implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). TIWG also identifies and addresses federal regulatory policy and related issues affecting the pharmaceutical distribution industry’s DSCSA-specific compliance policies. It evaluates and provides guidance in strategy development and leads efforts to address related proposals and for implementing HDA Board of Directors-approved policies. The work group also formulates and recommends policies and implementation approaches to the board as needed.

Participation: Distributor Members

HDA Staff Contacts: 

Anita Ducca, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Elizabeth Gallenagh, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Integrity



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