May 9, 2019
EAST HANOVER, N.J., — HDA’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC) recognized three security professionals for their dedication to the industry today at the PCSC Educational Seminar in East Hanover, N.J. The PCSC Award acknowledges leaders who have exhibited extraordinary standards of honesty and integrity while working tirelessly to protect and serve their communities.
The 2019 honorees include:
Carlos E. Ochoa
Carlos Ochoa was celebrated for his contributions and dedication to the security of the supply chain and U.S. border. Over the past 18 months, Ochoa, with help of public and private entities, coordinated revisions of the minimum-security requirements for the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). Wholesalers, manufacturers and other supply chain entities are members of this partnership, whose mission is to strengthen international supply chains and the United States’ borders. During the project, Ochoa embodied the award’s values by holding himself to the high standards of Customs and Border Protection to bring the enhanced requirements to fruition.
Ochoa began his security career with the agency in 1995 as a Customs Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and currently serves as the Branch Chief - CTPAT - Trade Engagement and Communications at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Leandro Moreira, Former Director of Brink’s Life Sciences Global Services Division and current Chairman of the Health Technologies Distribution Alliance (HTDA), was recognized for his contributions during Hurricane Florence. During this disaster, Healthcare Ready requested assistance from PCSC to move approximately 200 patients in need of critical dialysis treatment from the affected areas. When all avenues had been exhausted, PCSC approached Leandro for assistance; he quickly constructed a plan that successfully delivered the dialysis treatment to the patients. Dedicated to serving others, he personally executed the transportation strategy in addition to assisting with other critical requests during Hurricane Florence and other catastrophes. He has been an active PCSC member since its inception.
Persia Payne-Hurley also was recognized for her work during Hurricane Florence. As the Private Sector Manager of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in the Division of Emergency Management, Payne-Hurley oversees the operations of the North Carolina Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC), which served a critical role before, during and after the storm. BEOC provided timely storm updates from within the organization and partner agencies, such as FEMA, in addition to information on public support efforts. These critical messages were not only valuable to the public, but to the pharmaceutical wholesalers that monitored the updates to ensure medicines were delivered to affected areas.
“The three individuals honored today have exhibited the highest standards of honesty, integrity and selflessness over the course of their careers. I am honored to recognize Carlos, Leandro and Persia for their commitment to supply chain security and their dedication to patient safety,” said Chuck Forsaith, Senior Director of PCSC. “Their collective legacies not only uphold the characteristics of this award, but the overall mission of PCSC — to protect the integrity of the supply chain and the patients and citizens it serves.”
HDA’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition offers supply chain security intelligence; access to contacts from industry, government and vendor trade disciplines; physical and supply chain security assessments; a reference library of supply chain security publications, articles and related documents; as well as opportunities to attend educational events. Primarily (but not exclusively) focused on the pharmaceutical industry, PCSC provides useful insights for anyone interested in supply chain security.
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.