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Most Americans take for granted the complex pharmaceutical supply chain that ensures their medication arrives safely, reliably and efficiently at the pharmacy, doctor’s office or hospital. Have you ever wondered how pharmacies and healthcare providers keep these vital medicines in stock so that patients have access to medicines when they need them, even during weather emergencies?

That’s a great question.

HDA has launched a new initiative to shed light on how pharmaceutical distributors are the answer, highlighting our member companies’ critical role in the secure, reliable and efficient delivery of medical products to hundreds of thousands of pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare providers nationwide.

How can millions of patients count on having prescription medicines when they need them?

Every day, pharmaceutical distributors coordinate the safe and efficient delivery of millions of prescription medicines and healthcare products to hundreds of thousands of state and federally licensed pharmacies, hospitals, providers and clinics around the country. With operations continuously running, distributors can take orders as late as 8 p.m. and deliver them the next morning.

To learn more about how medicines get to where they need to go, click here.

How do pharmacies and hospitals keep in stock the medicines patients need?

Pharmaceutical distributors employ highly efficient, streamlined shipping and inventory technology to provide pharmacies, hospitals and other providers with the medicines and healthcare products their patients need. Without distributors, manufacturers would be required to maintain separate relationships with every pharmacy and hospital in America to coordinate the delivery of their products, adding tremendous time and cost to the system and making it almost impossible to manage inventory and guard against shortages.

To learn more about how distributors serve as the vital link in the healthcare supply chain, click here.

Why can patients trust the safety and security of the pharmaceutical supply chain?

Pharmaceutical distributors continuously monitor, protect and enhance the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain to ensure medicines are safely stored and efficiently delivered.

Industry security experts use state-of-the-art technology to continuously monitor the transport and storage of medicines, and distributors share information and partner with their regulatory and law enforcement partners.

To learn more about how distributors protect the pharmaceutical supply chain, click here.

How do critical medicines get to patients during a natural disaster?

Patients across the country depend on the uninterrupted delivery of prescription medicines every day. But during hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters, the needs of patients escalate, and the delivery of these critical medicines can be immensely complex.

Pharmaceutical distributors’ logistics expertise allows them to quickly rise to the challenge of making sure vital medicines reach the people who need them.

To learn more about the vital role distributors play during complex emergencies, click here.


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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