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HDMA Statement on National Governors Association Report on Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse

February 25, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement on the National Governors Association's (NGA's) February 23 report, "Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from an NGA Policy Academy."

“HDMA applauds the NGA for addressing our nation’s ongoing prescription drug abuse epidemic by convening a variety of stakeholders — including HDMA — to participate in its Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy. We are pleased that the discussions from the Policy Academy have resulted in thoughtful observations and recommendations.

“Like the NGA, HDMA believes that reducing this public health issue requires a multifaceted approach that fosters collaboration and consensus among stakeholders. We also agree that policymakers will need to be mindful of potential unintended consequences that may occur from adopting certain solutions, which may hamper legitimate patient access to medicines. HDMA and the nation’s primary healthcare distributors look forward to working with the NGA, and others, as it continues this initiative, as we work together to eradicate prescription drug abuse in the U.S.”

For further HDMA resources on prescription drug abuse, see the Association's “Guiding Industry Principles on Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion” and the fact sheet, “Fighting an Epidemic.”

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