Patients often have many questions when they are prescribed a medication by their healthcare provider for the first time. What they typically do not need to worry about, however, is how their prescription medicine got to the pharmacy, whether anything happened to it along its journey, if it was handled with care or if it was potentially compromised by illegitimate products that may have entered the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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?
As the logistics experts of healthcare, distributors deliver millions of prescription medicines and healthcare products to hundreds of thousands of providers, including pharmacies, hospitals and healthcare facilities, across the country. But their relationships with these customers is about more than just delivery — distributors offer additional services that allow their customers to focus on patients and remain competitive in the marketplace.
The opioid abuse epidemic is a complex and multifaceted issue that progressed over decades of federal policy and clinical practice that encouraged prescription opioids as the primary option for pain management. But recent media coverage does not provide the full picture and leaves out important details about the epidemic and its origins.
A comprehensive understanding of the multiple drivers of the opioid abuse epidemic is key to moving forward with solutions to address this public health crisis.