February 5, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. — HDMA recognized four members of Congress ― Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) — with the Association’s Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award (or Rx Award). The award honors public officials for their leadership and commitment to policies that promote the safe and efficient delivery of medicines to pharmacies, healthcare providers and their patients. Awards were announced in conjunction with an Association Hill Day event (with several member companies participating), as well as HDMA’s Public Policy Council meeting in Washington, D.C.
These legislators have demonstrated a commitment to the healthcare supply chain and patient safety by co-sponsoring the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 471). The bill, which was approved on February 4 by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, aims to combat the inappropriate use of prescription medicines by encouraging greater collaboration, communication and transparency between pharmaceutical distributors, other supply chain stakeholders and regulators — especially the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Reps. Marino, Blackburn, Welch and Chu have demonstrated bipartisan legislative leadership to curb the growth of prescription drug abuse and diversion while also ensuring that millions of legitimate patients have uninterrupted access to their prescription medicines,” said HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray. “HDMA looks forward to continuing to collaborate with our legislative champions in the House as well as the Senate to secure passage of this legislation in the 114th Congress.”
Most recent Rx Award recipients include Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Reps. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah), among others. A full list is available on the HDMA website.
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.