Healthcare distributors have emergency preparedness plans in place to ensure continued operations in times of emergency and actively work with their supply chain partners to solve challenges created by a pandemic or severe emergency scenario.
Regulatory and Legislative Activities
HDMA monitors activities at the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services that may impact healthcare distribution in times of emergencies.
Through a public-private information sharing initiative, interested members with job responsibility for emergency management can request access to the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN).
Supply Chain Activities
In emergencies, HDMA members leverage their logistics expertise to rapidly deliver medical supplies and disaster aid packages around the clock to affected communities, including portable medical supply kits, 24-hour care hotlines, clinical software and more.
HDMA is a coordinating body member of Rx Response, an information-sharing forum comprised of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, hospitals, disaster relief agencies and local/state/federal government agencies. The program engages during a severe natural disaster, large-scale terrorist attack or a pandemic that disrupts the normal supply of medicines.
HDMA members can access the Rx Response InfoCenter for Situation Reports and other emergency response alert notifications by requesting access here.