The COVID-19 public health crisis has highlighted access and affordability challenges for underserved communities. At the same time, spiking employment has left millions of patients throughout the country without health insurance previously provided by their employer.
Since 2006, thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients in Cincinnati, Ohio, and neighboring communities have been able to fill their critically needed medications at no charge through the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy. By filling prescriptions with no out-of-pocket cost for patients, the charitable pharmacy is committed to providing care for individuals who need it most.
Maintaining the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain in this unprecedented time would not be possible without the incredible efforts of distribution industry employees, who are working around-the-clock to move critical medicines and healthcare supplies.
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.
While it has only been a few months since the first American was diagnosed with COVID-19, the scope of the pandemic is one which we have never experienced before. Throughout, it has become abundantly clear that our nation’s ability to effectively respond to this once-in-a-lifetime crisis depends on the public and private sectors joining forces, maintaining constant coordination, and working together to identify operational and regulatory barriers impeding access to medicines and medical supplies.
Every day, pharmacists are on the frontlines of patient care — providing information and resources, valuable face-to-face counseling as well as dispensing the medicines that patients need to manage their health and well-being. During COVID-19, pharmacists’ role as counselors, educators and advocates to patients has never been more critical.
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.