The pharmaceutical distribution sector is full of exciting opportunities for young professionals, whose fresh perspectives and innovative ideas will help enhance supply chain efficiency and security.
HDA’s Faces of the Supply Chain series continued this past month with the release of new videos featuring perspectives from nine distribution sector experts. Interviews touched upon topics ranging from innovations in healthcare distribution and manufacturing; the industry’s focus on patients; supply chain resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic; and more.
While the business of pharmaceutical distribution has changed significantly over the past eight decades, HDA members like Capital Wholesale Drug Company (Capital Drug) have continued to play an essential role in providing safe and efficient healthcare delivery to trusted pharmacists and providers.
On May 25, HDA member company KeySource gave a tour of their distribution center in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).
In less than 18 months, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will reach its final milestone, culminating a 10-year implementation process across the healthcare supply chain. To help manufacturers and distributors prepare for interoperable data exchange, HDA, along with technical expertise from distributor- and manufacturer-member task force participants, has published new guidelines and other resources with the latest information and best practices.
Each June, Pride Month recognizes the spirit and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community. It also serves as an opportunity to reinforce our industry’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and to ensure the health and vitality of the communities we serve.
The global supply chain continues to face scrutiny, with port backups and product shortages grabbing headlines. However, as Chuck Forsaith, Vice President and Founder of HDA’s Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC), shared in a recent episode of the Pharmacy Crossroads podcast, there is another supply chain risk impacting trading partners throughout the healthcare distribution industry — which HDA’s PCSC has been diligently tracking and working to combat. Pharmacy Crossroads, hosted by pharmacy industry veteran Bruce Kneeland, provides an insider voice for the community pharmacy industry and is a member of the Pharmacy Podcast Network.
Texas-based Authentix, which provides authentication services to a range of sectors, launched in 2003 with a few dozen employees and a modest, but loyal customer base. These devoted customers, many of whom have worked with the company for nearly 20 years, are the foundation upon which this HDA-member service provider has grown into a global company with more than 400 staff and operations on five continents.
The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 13 million deaths around the globe are due to avoidable environmental causes stemming from climate change. Accordingly, this year’s World Health Day (April 7) theme is “Our Planet, Our Health,” which focuses on the political, social and commercial decisions that affect the environment as a factor in human health. The public and private sectors each can do their part on this front — and HDA believes that healthcare distributors have an important role to play in the health of the planet when it comes to delivering medications sustainably.
As March comes to a close, HDA is rounding out Women’s History Month celebrations by sharing perspectives from some of the incredible women making a difference within the distribution sector and the larger healthcare ecosystem. Interviews were conducted in conjunction with the recent Distribution Management Conference and other forums in support of HDA’s Faces of the Supply Chain video series, a new initiative of the Health Delivered campaign.
Healthcare distributors, as logistics experts of the supply chain, are constantly innovating to increase efficiencies, optimize operations and generate solutions for an ever-evolving ecosystem — while continuously ensuring the safe, efficient and reliable delivery of 10 million medicines and healthcare products every day.
Throughout the past year, HDA distributor members worked tirelessly to ensure the continued delivery of everyday, lifesaving medicines and support COVID-19 response efforts. Equipped with extensive logistics expertise, distributors used communication, collaboration and coordination with trading partners and at all levels of the government to aid and help protect the health of Americans across the country.
The health of the pharmaceutical supply chain depends on the expertise and ingenuity of the committed professionals working to help get lifesaving medicines and supplies to points of care as efficiently as possible.
With the deadline to implement the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) now less than two years away, HDA has released a new video that highlights the great progress that has been made by industry to implement DSCSA and some of the biggest challenges that still remain.
The coronavirus pandemic fostered and underscored the benefits of public-private partnerships as healthcare supply chain companies used their expertise and strengths to support the government’s response to an ongoing health crisis. The Milken Institute’s “2021 Partnering for Patients Forum” explored this topic during a panel discussion entitled, “Reimagining Public Health Partnerships: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic.”
Events spanning COVID-19 vaccine distribution to shipping containers held up at port have made the supply chain a “kitchen-table” issue during the past year. Many industries experienced notable disruptions in their delivery of goods and supplies; however, as noted by President and CEO Chip Davis, “[P]harmacies, health systems and physicians’ offices, more than 180,000 across the country, remain stocked with the lifesaving medications and vaccines patients need. That didn’t happen by accident.” Davis’ perspective was featured alongside healthcare supply chain association leaders as part of Chain Drug Review’s annual “Pharmacy Outlook” feature.
The two-year countdown to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) deadline has begun. This final milestone, in combination with those already completed, will fundamentally change how product and data move together across the healthcare supply chain.
On October 7, HDA launched a three-part series to showcase how the distribution industry is helping create healthier communities through philanthropy, employee activism, partnerships with nonprofit organizations and more.
On October 7, we launched a three-part series to showcase how the distribution industry is making a difference in local communities across the country. In part one, we explored how HDA’s distributor members are leaving their imprint upon communities through corporate, foundation and employee support.
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, HDA healthcare distributors recognized the vital role that philanthropy plays in building healthier communities — and the industry’s responsibility in leading these efforts.