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Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research and AACP Partner to Educate Future Pharmacists on Specialty Distribution

October 23, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research, HDMA’s non-profit research foundation, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education, are partnering to provide the nation’s schools of pharmacy a supply chain educational tool surrounding the distribution of specialty pharmaceuticals. This teaching resource was released today in conjunction with a webinar jointly hosted by the Center and AACP. The webinar was made possible through the support of the Cardinal Health Foundation.

This turn-key presentation, titled, “Understanding Specialty Distribution,” outlines characteristics of the specialty pharmaceutical sector, the fastest-growing market in the healthcare industry. The resource, sponsored by Eisai, Inc., provides Center data on the processes supporting the movement of medication from the manufacturer (as a finished product) to the customer (including pharmacies, hospitals and clinics).

The PowerPoint deck can also be used by manufacturer, distributor and pharmacy presenters/trainers to "on board" new personnel, and, through the partnership with AACP, to train student pharmacists. Additionally, a "notes" feature provides speaking points for each slide and allows the presenter to customize each presentation to their audience’s needs.

“This program provides a comprehensive overview of the specialty supply chain, with rich descriptions of the important stakeholder relationships, the economics of bringing specialty products to market and regulatory influences on this unique supply chain,” said Karen J. Ribler, Executive Vice President and COO of the Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research. “We are grateful to Eisai and the Cardinal Health Foundation for supporting this resource, and pleased to partner with AACP to help educate America’s future pharmacists on the mechanics of the specialty supply chain.”

In 2013, the Center partnered with AACP to release “Understanding Distribution,” a curriculum on the processes surrounding the distribution of traditional pharmaceuticals. Supported by a grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation, this resource also was offered to more than 120 college pharmacy programs.

“AACP is aware that specialty pharmaceuticals are growing rapidly as powerful tools for patient care,” said AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., “ Today’s students will be practicing pharmacy well into the middle of this century and must be equipped with the information on supply chain management contained in this valuable Center resource. ”


The HDA Research Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). The Foundation serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on healthcare supply chain issues. The Foundation’s mission is to conduct research and disseminate information that will enhance the knowledge base, efficiency and effectiveness of the total healthcare supply chain; and to provide thought leadership to further enhance the safety and security of the healthcare supply chain through future-focused study and programming.


HDA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. Each business day, HDA member companies ensure that over 15 million prescription medicines and healthcare products are delivered safely and efficiently to more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. HDA and its members work daily to provide value and achieve cost savings, an estimated $42 billion each year to our nation’s healthcare system.


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