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Upsher-Smith's Michael J. McBride Honored With the 2017 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement

June 13, 2017

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The HDA Research Foundation, the non-profit organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA), along with Genentech Inc., A Member of the Roche Group, and Mylan Inc., presented Michael J. McBride of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., with the 2017 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The pharmaceutical distribution industry’s highest individual honor, first presented in 1956, the Nexus Award recognizes exceptional character, professional accomplishments, and leadership in HDA, the industry and community. The award was presented at HDA’s annual Business and Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

“For more than 60 years, the Nexus has recognized extraordinary supply chain leaders,” said John M. Gray, President and CEO, HDA, and President, HDA Research Foundation. “HDA and the HDA Research Foundation are pleased to continue the proud legacy of the Nexus Award by recognizing Mike McBride — a consummate team player and champion for trade relations — with the distribution industry’s highest honor.”

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Mr. McBride’s career at Upsher-Smith began in 1988 as a consumer sales associate, and he quickly rose through the company to lead the national account team. As Upsher-Smith added branded pharmaceuticals to its generic products portfolio, Mr. McBride not only helped to grow the company’s product lines, but was instrumental in establishing the company’s consumer products, managed markets and institutional sales teams.

Transitioning to an industry relations role in 2005, Mr. McBride’s strategic vision also helped to shape Upsher-Smith’s trading partner relationships. As Vice President of Partner Relations, he currently leads the company’s efforts to establish and grow relationships with chain, wholesale and other partners to support its new product development and overall business objectives. Additionally, he played a key role in facilitating Upsher-Smith’s divestiture of its AmLactin® brand to Sandoz Inc. in late 2016.

Rusty Field, President, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., said, “For almost 30 years, Mike’s leadership — driven by his ability to connect with colleagues and collaborators, and tireless dedication to advancing industry excellence — has not only benefited Upsher-Smith, but the entire supply chain. All of us at Upsher-Smith are lucky to work with Mike every day, and thrilled that HDA has recognized his unique vision and talents by presenting him with the 2017 Nexus Award.”

Mr. McBride has been an active participant in HDA and other pharmaceutical supply chain organizations for more than a decade, which has led to Upsher-Smith’s longtime sponsorship of many industry meetings and conferences. A frequent participant in HDA events, he has been a member of the Alliance’s Industry Relations Council, serving as its co-chair in 2015-2016, and Manufacturers’ Government Affairs Advisory Committee, among other working groups. He also supports and regularly engages in Convene: HDA’s Professional Development Program, and has served as a mentor in the HDA Mentoring Program for several years.

Additionally, because of McBride’s leadership, the Upsher-Smith team has been recognized multiple times with HDA’s prestigious Distribution Industry Awards for Notable Achievements in Healthcare (DIANA awards); the team also was honored as an HDA Manufacturer Partner of the Year in 2014.

Perry Fri, HDA Executive Vice President, Industry Relations, Membership and Education; and COO, HDA Research Foundation, said, “Over the past decade that I have had the pleasure of working with him, Mike has shown great passion for his industry, at many times serving as a sounding board for his fellow trading partners. Quite simply, he is an exceptional person, and the embodiment of what the Nexus represents for the pharmaceutical supply chain.”


The HDA Research Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). The Foundation serves as the thought leader in driving research, education and discussion for all healthcare supply chain stakeholders, enabling the industry's ability to deliver efficient, safe and secure patient access to medicines and medical products. Learn more at


The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) represents primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. Since 1876, HDA has helped members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. The HDA Research Foundation, HDA’s nonprofit charitable foundation, serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on priority healthcare supply chain issues.


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