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For McKesson, COVID-19 Response Begins with Supporting Employees

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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.

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AmerisourceBergen and the Role of Local Philanthropy During COVID-19

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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.

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Leveraging Public and Private Sector Collaboration to Respond to COVID-19

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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.

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Value Drug Helps Pharmacies During COVID-19

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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.

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TopRx Responding to COVID-19, Strengthening the Community

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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.

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Logistics Will Help Win the Battle Against COVID-19

Posted by Chester "Chip" Davis, Jr.

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.

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Partnering in Response to COVID-19

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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.

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Distributors Leading Efforts to Maintain Supply Chain Integrity

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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.

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Distributors Rising to the Challenge During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Chester "Chip" Davis, Jr.

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.

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Beyond Distribution: The Role of Hub Services

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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.

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HDA “Year in Review” Spotlights 2019 Accomplishments

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HDA has published “A Year in Review,” which chronicles the Alliance’s 2019 activities. Highlighted accomplishments include:

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HDA Highlights Distributors' Value, 2020 Policy Outlook in Chain Drug Review

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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.

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The Future Role of Distributors

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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.

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The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: One Year Later

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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.

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DSCSA Saleable Returns: Industry Plan for Best Using the Enforcement Discretion Period

Posted by Justine Freisleben

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.

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Minimizing Risk Within the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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The U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is responsible for providing patients safe, secure and timely access to more than 4 billion prescription medicines every year. Sustaining this complex supply chain requires the collaboration between a diverse group of partners, including manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies as well as other healthcare facilities and providers.

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Helping Independent Pharmacies Navigate the Changing Healthcare Landscape

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October is American Pharmacists Month, which provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate how pharmacists support patients’ health and wellness in communities across the country.

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Leveraging Efficiency Across the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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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. 

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Member Spotlight: Tropical Storm Barry Highlights Distributors’ Crucial Role

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Most days, pharmaceutical distributors fulfill their vital role largely unnoticed. Patients take for granted their medications will reach them safely and quickly. They don’t think about the systems, protocols, professionalism and technology required to make delivery seamless from manufacturer to pharmacy and, ultimately, to them.

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A Day in the Life at a Distribution Center

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Step into a pharmaceutical distribution center, and you will find a modern facility bustling with activity. In today’s state-of-the-art facilities, passionate employees, supported by sophisticated new technology, work around the clock to fulfill shipments to hundreds of thousands of pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the country.

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Safe and Secure, Every Step of the Way

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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.

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Healthcare Distributors: Introducing a Hero of the Supply Chain

Posted by Perry L. Fri

HDA is proud to partner with and support Healthcare Ready’s Heroes of the Supply Chain campaign, which highlights the unsung heroes who keep critical healthcare supply chains intact all year long. 

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That's A Great Question

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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?

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More Than Just Delivery

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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.

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Ten Things to Know About the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

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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.

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