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HDA Statement on FDA Work Group to Examine Prescription Drug Importation

July 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. — Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent directive to establish a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work group to examine prescription drug importation policies.

“HDA and the nation’s primary pharmaceutical distributors appreciate the Trump administration’s efforts to address the high cost of healthcare in the United States. However, we have significant concerns with allowing the importation of prescription drugs intended for sale in foreign markets into this country. Importation would threaten and destabilize the significant industry-government collaboration already underway to ensure the safety and security of the domestic pharmaceutical supply chain through implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

“The U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is a sophisticated, efficient and highly secure system, and in 2013, Congress made a firm commitment to further strengthening it by passing the DSCSA. This federal law was enacted to establish a uniform national framework for tracing prescription medicines. Pharmaceutical supply chain stakeholders currently are engaged in implementation efforts to meet DSCSA milestones, with the goal of achieving electronic, unit-level traceability of prescription drug products by 2023.

“HDA and our members are committed to working with the administration, Congress and our pharmaceutical industry partners to do what we can to deliver efficiencies to the supply chain to accomplish the objectives set forth in the Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs. However, we urge HHS and FDA to honor their pledge to protect patients and the safety of the supply chain by maintaining our secure system of distribution.”

For more information on prescription drug importation, visit the HDA website.


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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