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President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

President’s opioid crisis commission issues report

WASHINGTON — The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued its final report, which includes 56 recommendations to the Trump administration to help fight opioid abuse. President Donald Trump formed the presidential commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R.), in a March 29 executive order as a way

Trump declares opioid abuse a public health emergency

Trump declares opioid abuse a public health emergency

WASHINGTON — Following through on pledge made this summer, President Donald Trump has formally declared the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic as a public health emergency. In a press conference at the White House on Thursday, the president and First Lady Melania Trump announced the action, which has drawn plaudits from public officials and pharmacy

Cardinal Health’s Jon Giacomin re-elected as HDA chairman

Cardinal Health’s Jon Giacomin re-elected as HDA chairman

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cardinal Health executive Jon Giacomin has been elected to a second term as chairman of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance board of directors. HDA announced the re-election of Giacomin, chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s pharmaceutical segment, at the 2017 HDA Annual Board and Membership Meeting, held Sept. 24 to 27 in Laguna

HDA to host international pharma conference in Geneva

HDA to host international pharma conference in Geneva

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) plans to hold the 2017 International Pharmaceutical Distribution Conference (IPDC) this fall in Geneva, Switzerland. HDA said the fourth annual event, scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17 at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva, will be held in partnership with the Swiss Pharma Logistics Association (Pharmalog.ch), European Healthcare

HDA honors drug companies with 2017 DIANA awards

HDA honors drug companies with 2017 DIANA awards

PHOENIX — The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) this week presented its annual Distribution Industry Awards for Notable Achievements in Healthcare (DIANA) to pharmaceutical manufacturers for supply chain innovation and collaboration. Given at the HDA 2017 Business and Leadership Conference in Phoenix, the DIANA awards honor HDA member manufacturers that develop innovative new products and promotions

HDA, NACDS CEOs: Rx importation not worth risk

HDA, NACDS CEOs: Rx importation not worth risk

Efforts to promote the importation of prescription drugs — seen by some as one way to mitigate the escalating cost of medications — could compromise the safety of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, according to HDA’s John Gray and NACDS’ Steve Anderson. In a blog post on Monday for the policy journal The Hill, Gray,

HDA names executive committee, research board members

HDA names executive committee, research board members

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) has made new appointments to its executive committee and HDA Research Foundation board of directors. HDA said Thursday that Paul Dickson, president of Morris & Dickson Co., has been elected as a member of the HDA Executive Committee. He currently serves as a member of the HDA

HDA eyes GTIN coding system for pharma supply chain

HDA eyes GTIN coding system for pharma supply chain

ARLINGTON, Va. — Later next year, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) plans to launch a service to aid the adoption of a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) coding system across the pharmaceutical supply chain. HDA said Monday that the GTIN Repository Service, prompted by the enactment of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), will

Cardinal Health’s Giacomin elected HDA chairman

Cardinal Health’s Giacomin elected HDA chairman

ARLINGTON, Va. — Jon Giacomin, chief executive officer of the pharmaceutical segment at Cardinal Health Inc., has been elected as chairman of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) board of directors. Giacomin, who has been vice chairman since November 2014, was voted chairman at HDA’s annual board and membership meeting. He takes the reins from Ted

HDMA updates brand identity

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has changed its name to the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). HDA president and chief executive officer John Gray announced the change at the opening general session of the association’s 2016 Business and Leadership Conference here in June. Additionally, HDA’s nonprofit charitable research foundation, the Center

H.D. Smith Jr. honored with Nexus Award

H.D. Smith Jr. honored with Nexus Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Henry Dale Smith Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of H.D. Smith Holding Co., has received the 2016 Nexus Award for Lifetime Achievement from the HDA Research Foundation. Smith was presented the award, the pharmaceutical distribution industry’s highest individual honor, at the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) 2016 Business and Leadership Conference

HDA spotlights health care manufacturers, products

HDA spotlights health care manufacturers, products

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) honored innovative pharmaceutical and consumer products and manufacturers with its annual Distribution Management Awards for Notable Achievements in Healthcare (DIANA). HDA, formerly the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), presented the awards at the 2016 Business and Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs. the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA,

In name change, HDMA becomes HDA

In name change, HDMA becomes HDA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has changed its name to the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). John Gray, president and chief executive officer of HDA, which represents the nation’s primary pharmaceutical distributors, announced the organization’s new identity on Monday at its 2016 Business and Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs. With the

Enactment of drug abuse bill praised by Rx groups

WASHINGTON — Enactment of a new law designed to curtail drug abuse while maintaining legitimate access to medications has been hailed by pharmacy groups including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The legislation — which advances collaboration among health and enforcement authorities — is a positive step for people who have been affected by