Across the country, frontline healthcare workers are leading COVID-19 response efforts. HDA member McKesson is taking care of its employees so they can continue to support these medical professionals every step of the way in their efforts to treat patients, maintain vital healthcare operations and support emergency responders.
As the logistics experts of healthcare, distributors’ daily mission during the COVID-19 pandemic is to support a safe, efficient and resilient supply chain. Accordingly, distributors are working with partners inside and outside the healthcare community to support hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare providers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of almost every American. Businesses have closed, families have been forced apart temporarily and community events across the country have been put on hold. While the crisis has impacted each one of us differently, it has become clear that by joining together with our communities and families, we can all do our part to support each other through this crisis.
Across the country, brave, frontline healthcare professionals are working around the clock as our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. These workers — the true heroes of the pandemic — are treating patients, maintaining vital healthcare operations and serving as emergency responders.
The evolving COVID-19 “coronavirus” pandemic has upended the lives and routines of almost every American across the country. It is during these challenging times, however, that communities have shown their resolve by coming together to tackle problems and support one another.
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, distributors are taking proactive steps and working closely with the broader healthcare community to respond to the crisis and prevent disruptions to the pharmaceutical supply chain. As the logistics experts of healthcare, our commitment is to ensure that providers, pharmacies and the patients they serve have access to the vital medicines and supplies they need during these challenging times.
As the impact of COVID-19 “coronavirus” pandemic continues to unfold, we are all deeply concerned about our personal health and well-being — and that of our loved ones. As Americans worry about when their workplaces or schools will reopen, or if they have an adequate supply of necessary household staples, many also have heightened concerns about whether they will be able to access the vital medications and healthcare products they rely on each day.
The core mission of pharmaceutical distribution — secure, efficient and reliable healthcare delivery — provides more than 180 million patients across the United States with efficient and low-cost access to more than 4 billion prescription medicines each year. But distributors’ work does not end there.
HDA has published “A Year in Review,” which chronicles the Alliance’s 2019 activities. Highlighted accomplishments include:
With 2020 underway, HDA’s John M. Gray provided perspective on the vital role of pharmaceutical distributors and the Alliance’s policy priorities as part of Chain Drug Review’s annual “Pharmacy Outlook” feature.
Distributors sit at the heart of the pharmaceutical supply chain, connecting 180,000 healthcare providers and pharmacies with 1,300 drug manufacturers. Through their partnerships across the industry, pharmaceutical distributors provide the more than 180 million patients who regularly take prescription medicines with safe, quick and low-cost access to more than 4 billion prescription medicines each year.
In October 2018, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law. This bipartisan legislation offered a comprehensive response to the prescription opioid abuse epidemic — its enactment marked a significant step towards advancing meaningful solutions to address this public health crisis.
It has been clear for some time that the pharmaceutical supply chain has been concerned with meeting the November 27, 2019, saleable returns milestone. As the HDA’s Research Foundation’s annual Serialization Readiness Survey (conducted in May) notes, 79 percent of manufacturers have concerns with the viability of the Verification Router Service (VRS), while 82 percent of distributors are unsure about meeting the requirement.
It is no secret that the U.S. healthcare system is complex. Connecting hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers with the medicines and healthcare products that patients rely on every day — both safely and efficiently — requires coordination between a diverse set of stakeholders.