Role of Distributors
Healthcare distribution has never been just about delivery. It’s about getting the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. Every day, primary pharmaceutical distributors sustain a complex supply chain, serving as a vital link in the healthcare system between manufacturers and healthcare providers. HDA's members work around the clock to help more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and other healthcare providers across the country keep their shelves stocked with the medications and products that patients need every day.
Primary pharmaceutical distributors purchase prescription medicines and other medical products directly from manufacturers for storage in warehouses and distribution centers across the country. Healthcare providers place orders with distributors for the medicines and products they need, and the distributors process and deliver the orders daily. Without primary distributors acting as a vital link between manufacturers and healthcare providers to help ensure patients get the medicines they need when they need them, manufacturers would spend substantial financial, logistical and staff resources on this task that could be used in other important areas. Thanks to distributors, the system is more efficient, reliable and secure.
As the healthcare system rapidly changes, primary distributors are constantly envisioning new ways to move and secure the nation’s medicines, all while protecting patient safety. HDA members are not simply distributors. They are technology innovators, information management experts, security specialists and efficiency professionals, whose expertise streamlines the supply chain to reduce costs and save the nation’s healthcare system both time and money. With operations continuously running, primary distributors can take orders made by 8:00 p.m. and deliver them to their end destination as soon as the next morning.