Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is the founding partner of AAOA and the national organization representing primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. HDA’s members include 35 national, regional and specialty primary distribution companies who are not just distributors, but are technology innovators, information management experts, security specialists and efficiency professionals. Their expertise streamlines the supply chain to ensure safety and efficiency, while also achieving cost savings for our nation’s healthcare system.
The industry is committed to addressing the opioid abuse epidemic and working with others to end the crisis. In addition to supporting Allied Against Opioid Abuse, HDA member companies also are engaged in many other initiatives.
AmerisourceBergen supports the Prescription Drug Safety Network’s digital education initiative to combat opioid misuse and empower Ohio high school students, promotes the safe disposal of opioids and provides communities with access to drug deactivation resources through its municipal support program and partnered with Walgreens to expand a safe medication disposal program to 1,500 stores near military bases and other areas where the opioid epidemic has heavily impacted communities. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation also launched the Opioid Resource Grant Program to support and advance ideas from innovative non-profit, grant-funded organizations to address the opioid crisis.
Cardinal Health launched an Opioid Action Program, to deliver frontline tools to help prevent opioid abuse and support first responders in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Most recently, the company announced a $530,000 grant to the Ohio Hospital Association to identify and deploy best opioid prescribing practices for pain management. Further, the company educates about the dangers of misusing prescription medicines, including opioids, through Generation Rx — a decade-long partnership between the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
McKesson is creating a prescription safety-alert system with its partner the Opioid Safety Alliance; launching a substance abuse prevention pilot program with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); and advocating for common-sense policy recommendations at the local, state and federal level. McKesson also announced the formation of a foundation dedicated to combating the crisis with a focus on education for patients, caregivers and providers; addressing key policy issues; and increasing access to life-saving treatments, such as opioid overdose reversal medications.
Value Drug supports Operation Our Town, a community and business partnership in Blair County, Pennsylvania, to promote healthy neighborhoods and combat illegal drug use and resulting crime.