Healthcare Distribution Alliance

The 2021 Healthcare Distribution Alliance Distribution Management Conference and Expo is still on! Yes, it’s virtual, and if you are involved in pharmaceutical distribution, you will want to register for one of the industry’s “must-attend” healthcare supply chain management events.

2021 Distribution Management Virtual Conference and Expo
August 9 to 12, 2021

On Tuesday, August 10, I will again be serving on a virtual panel: Navigating the Controlled Substances Regulatory Landscape. My colleagues and I will address a broad range of initiatives and challenges faced by entities regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in their quest to use the statutory authorities available to them to avert the misuse of controlled substances.


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In response to issues raised by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (“HDA”), earlier this week the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) published additional guidance for DEA-registered distributors on the agency’s COVID-19 Information Page.  Among other issues previously addressed by DEA, the recent guidance addresses suspicious order monitoring and conducting due diligence on customers.
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UPDATE: The Healthcare Distribution Alliance has retooled its annual conference and expo and is now offering the programs via webinar at no cost.

If you are involved in pharmaceutical distribution, I highly recommend you check out this year’s lineup. Whether virtual or in person, this annual event remains on my list of “must-attend” conferences on

As you are likely aware, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has created a COVID-19 Information Page to “assure that there is an adequate supply of controlled substances” during the current public health emergency associated with the coronavirus. DEA previously published guidance regarding telemedicine and Medication Assisted Treatment, where the agency granted certain exceptions to regulatory requirements.

In the past few days, DEA issued additional guidance regarding other areas of concern brought to the agency’s attention by the regulated industry.  Below is a quick summary of that guidance:


Continue Reading DEA Issues Additional Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic