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FDA Campaign Highlights Importance of Buying From Licensed Pharmaceutical Distributors

October 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray released a statement in support of the FDA’s “Know Your Source” campaign, which urges healthcare providers to verify that their supplier of prescription medicines is properly licensed by his or her state ― further reducing the chance of a harmful medicine reaching patients.

“As the national association representing primary healthcare distributors — who ensure the continued safety and security of our nation’s medical supply — we wholeheartedly support FDA’s marketing campaign to educate healthcare providers on the importance of buying from legitimate suppliers.

“There is no higher priority for HDMA’s members than to maintain the security of the medicines that travel through the healthcare supply chain. Primary pharmaceutical distributors follow the rigorous licensing and statutory requirements set forth at both the federal and state levels by the FDA, DEA and state Boards of Pharmacy. Our members are committed to ensuring the continued safety and reliability of the supply chain as millions of patients access their appropriately prescribed medicines each and every day.”

For more information on the critical work of primary healthcare distributors, visit the HDMA website.


HDA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. Each business day, HDA member companies ensure that over 15 million prescription medicines and healthcare products are delivered safely and efficiently to more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. HDA and its members work daily to provide value and achieve cost savings, an estimated $42 billion each year to our nation’s healthcare system.


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