HDMA to Host Third Annual International Pharmaceutical Distribution Conference in London

The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), the U.S.-based trade association representing primary pharmaceutical distributors, announced today that it will convene its Third Annual International Pharmaceutical Distribution Conference (IPDC) in London, England, on September 12-13, 2016, at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.

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This year's conference will be co-hosted with the Healthcare Distribution Association UK (HDA UK), European Healthcare Distribution Association (GIRP) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW). The IPDC was previously held in Beijing and Brussels.

This premier event is designed for pharmaceutical distributor, manufacturer and supply chain stakeholder executives from around the globe to participate in educational sessions centered on the business practices and emerging strategies that will help preserve patient safety, enhance security and achieve efficiencies in the global pharmaceutical supply chain. The program also will explore opportunities to strengthen global trading partnerships.

Led by senior executives and leading pharmaceutical industry experts, sessions will touch upon such critical topics as:
•Global efforts surrounding medicines verification and pharmaceutical product traceability;
•The political and policy landscape shaping pharmaceutical distribution in the European, U.K. and U.S. markets - including issues such as disposal, antibiotic resistance and prescription drug abuse;
•Cargo security trends and strategies to mitigate thefts in the international supply chain;
•Comparing Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) in the U.S. and EU, and the value of global standards;
•The regulation, introduction and distribution of biosimilars worldwide;
•The impact of international trade agreements on the global supply chain; and,
•Perspectives from industry and financial analysts on the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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