Most Americans take for granted the complex pharmaceutical supply chain that ensures their medication arrives safely, securely and efficiently at the pharmacy, doctor’s office or hospital. How do pharmacies and healthcare providers keep these vital medicines in stock so that patients have access to lifesaving medicines when they need them, even during weather emergencies?
That’s a great question.
How do prescription medicines get to the right place at the right time?
Every day, pharmaceutical distributors coordinate the safe and efficient delivery of millions of prescription medicines and healthcare products to hundreds of thousands of state and federally licensed pharmacies, hospitals, providers and clinics around the country. With operations continuously running, distributors can take orders as late as 8 p.m. and deliver them the next morning.
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How do pharmacies and hospitals keep the medicines patients need in stock?
Pharmaceutical distributors employ highly efficient, streamlined shipping and inventory technology to provide pharmacies, hospitals and other providers with the medicines and healthcare products their patients need.
As pharmacies and hospitals order medicines, distributors work with pharmaceutical manufacturers to ensure a wide range of medicines are safely and reliably delivered when and where they are needed. Without distributors, manufacturers would need to maintain separate relationships with every pharmacy and hospital in America to coordinate the delivery of their products, adding tremendous time and cost to the system and making it almost impossible to manage inventory and guard against shortages.
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Why can patients trust the safety of their prescription medicines?
Pharmaceutical distributors continuously monitor, protect and enhance the security of the pharmaceutical supply chain to ensure medicines are safely stored and efficiently delivered.
Industry security experts use state-of-the-art technology to continuously monitor the transport and storage of medicines, and distributors share information and collaborate with their regulatory and law enforcement partners.
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How do lifesaving medicines get to patients during a natural disaster?
Patients across the country depend on the uninterrupted delivery of prescription medicines every day. But during hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters, the needs of patients escalate, and the delivery of these critical medicines can be immensely complex.
Pharmaceutical distributors’ logistics expertise allows them to quickly rise to the challenge of making sure lifesaving medicines reach the people who need them.
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