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Our Role

Our Role

Pharmaceutical distributors are the people who safely, efficiently and reliably deliver medicines, from the most common to the most complex, to local pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities in communities across the country.

We purchase prescription medicines and other medical products directly from pharmaceutical manufacturers for secure storage in distribution centers strategically located across the country. State and federally licensed healthcare providers place orders with distributors to keep the prescription medicines that patients need in stock, and distributors process and ship these orders — delivering millions of prescription medicines and healthcare products daily. Distributors also provide support to local pharmacies and other healthcare facilities in the form of logistics expertise and financial services, making their businesses and the entire U.S. healthcare system more efficient.

As logistics experts, distributors do not conduct research, manufacture, promote or prescribe medications, nor do they influence prescribing patterns, the demand for specific products or patient-benefit designs. Getting a medicine starts with a prescription, and distributors help make sure that these medicines arrive at healthcare facilities safely, securely and reliably.

Pharmaceutical distributors are at the heart of the U.S. healthcare ecosystem. Our unique role in driving efficiency and innovation across the pharmaceutical supply chain saves the U.S. healthcare system between $33 billion and $53 billion every year. For more information about the value distributors provide to the U.S. healthcare system, download The Role of Distributors in the US Health Care Industry.