HDMA is now the Healthcare Distribution Alliance
It might strike outsiders as a subtle—and minor—change in emphasis, but there are significant drivers behind the Healthcare Distribution Management Assn.’s rebranding as HDA. The organization has had major success in two pieces of recent federal legislation: the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), passed in late 2013, and S.483, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, passed in April. These days, there aren’t too many legislative acts passing all the way through to the President’s desk for signature; HDA had pushed forcefully for both of them. Equally significantly, recent HDA member activity, as well as the organization’s events programs, have emphasized the internationalization of drug wholesaling, with each of HDA’s biggest members, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, forging major partnerships or acquisitions in Europe, South America and Asia.
Source: Pharmaceutical Commerce