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HDMA to Host Second International Pharmaceutical Distribution Conference in Brussels

May 12, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — HDMA, GIRP (the European Association of Pharmaceutical Full-line Wholesalers) and IFPW are collaborating to convene the second annual International Pharmaceutical Distribution Conference (IPDC) in Brussels, Belgium, on November 12–13 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher's hotel.

Based on HDMA’s annual Distribution Management Conference (held annually in March), the IPDC brings together distribution and manufacturer executives from around the world to learn about technologies and business practices designed to preserve patient safety, enhance security and achieve efficiencies in the international arena.

“As many pharmaceutical distributors and manufacturers look outside the U.S. to expand their portfolios and gain ideas to strategically build their businesses internationally, HDMA is continuing its efforts to bring together supply chain leaders from around the world to understand the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly globalized industry,” said HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray. “Following on the success of our inaugural IPDC in Beijing last year, we are pleased to work with GIRP and IFPW to present a timely and relevant program for healthcare supply chain executives engaged in the global marketplace.”

The program for 2015 will include topics such as: pharmaceutical traceability and verification systems; the impact of international trade agreements; and building collaborative supply chain partnerships. The conference also will provide discussions with a variety of European and American distribution and manufacturer executives on the challenges they face in an ever-changing industry.

René Jenny, President, GIRP, said, “The swiftly growing globalization of our industry is leading to an increased demand for international and intercontinental contacts. A joint conference between HDMA, IFPW and GIRP provides an excellent opportunity for the members of these three organizations to broaden their horizons and perspectives. I am sure that the members of our European Association GIRP will be interested to participate and benefit from it.”

“The 2015 IPDC promises to be a thought-provoking opportunity for executives to share the best operating practices and technical approaches used by today’s wholesalers and manufacturers in the ever-globalizing pharmaceutical industry, ” said Mark Parrish, President, IFPW. “IFPW is delighted to partner with its members, HDMA and GIRP, to present valuable perspectives to the European pharmaceutical supply chain community, and promote an information exchange that will help lead to a safer and more efficient pharmaceutical supply chain on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Conference details are available through HDMA’s 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.


GIRP is the umbrella organization of pharmaceutical full-line wholesalers in Europe. It represents the national associations of over 750 pharmaceutical full-line wholesalers serving 33 European countries, including major pan-European pharmaceutical full-line wholesaling companies.


International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) is a global industry association bringing together the leading full service pharmaceutical distributors and wholesalers, national industry associations, service organizations and pharmaceutical manufacturers from 6 continents, in 26 countries. The association provides a global platform for dialogue and is dedicated to helping its members and stakeholders advance the safe, efficient and continuous access to pharmaceuticals worldwide through the promotion of good distribution practices and services. For more information:


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