HDA and our primary pharmaceutical distributor members are committed to bringing industry and government together to tackle our nation’s complex prescription drug abuse and diversion epidemic, a serious healthcare challenge that threatens both patient safety and the security of the healthcare supply chain. While distributors do not prescribe or dispense drugs directly to patients, they do share a common goal with physicians, manufacturers, pharmacists, law enforcement officials and policymakers: to ensure a safe supply of medicines. Among other safeguards, distributors are dedicated to keeping prescription painkillers out of the hands of people who may use them for purposes other than those for which they are intended.
The resources below address the industry’s approach to countering diversion and ensuring the safe supply of medicines to licensed entities across the supply chain.
Allied Against Opioid Abuse
Leading partners across healthcare, public health and the pharmaceutical supply chain joined together to launch Allied Against Opioid Abuse, a national education and awareness initiative to help combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. To learn more, visit AgainstOpioidAbuse.org or follow us on Twitter: @AAOA_Tweets.
HDA's "Vital Link Toolkit" was created to inform and educate the public on the role of pharmaceutical distributors in the healthcare industry.