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Emergency Preparedness

After September 11th and the anthrax crisis in the following months, HDMA undertook an aggressive emergency preparedness plan, seeking active involvement and coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), terrorism experts, and other associations to develop a coordinated effort in response to terrorism and bioterrorism. Between the federal stockpile of push packs and supplies, manufacturers' ramp-up of products, and healthcare distributors' own emergency contingency plans, we are building a first line of defense in providing critical pharmaceutical and healthcare supplies during such emergencies.

Under the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act, many HDMA distributor members are required to register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “food handlers.” All facilities must register with FDA if they manufacture, process, pack, or hold food regulated by FDA, including dietary supplements, infant formula, and hard candy (cough drops).

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Federal Activities


Rx Response

Rx Response is an information-sharing forum comprised of pharmaceutical manufacturers distributors, pharmacies, hospitals, disaster relief agencies and 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 is a coordinating body member of Rx Response.

Recent Activities

Emergency Preparedness - Supply Chain Coordination Seminar - co-hosted with Rx Response

Marjorie DePuy
Director, Industry Relations

Allison Wiley
Regulatory Affairs and Healthcare Policy Analyst

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