Emergency Preparedness and Response Efforts
Pharmaceutical distributors have emergency preparedness plans in place to ensure continued operations in emergencies, and they actively collaborate with their supply chain partners to solve challenges created by a pandemic or severe emergency scenario. HDA members’ logistics expertise allows them to quickly spring into action during emergencies to rapidly deliver medical supplies and disaster aid packages around the clock to impacted communities, ensuring the right medical supplies are getting to the right areas at the right times.
HDA continuously monitors activities at DHS, FDA and HHS that may impact healthcare distribution in emergencies to ensure our members’ response plans are up-to-date and effective. We are an active member of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council organized through the HHS, a public-private information-sharing initiative that increases the resilience of the nation’s critical health infrastructure and speed of response in times of health emergencies.
Partnership with Healthcare Ready
HDA also is a board member of Healthcare Ready (formerly known as Rx Response), an information-sharing non-profit organization of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, hospitals, disaster relief agencies and local/state/federal government agencies that engages during a severe natural disaster, large-scale terrorist attack or a pandemic that disrupts the normal supply of medicines.