HDMA honors AmerisourceBergen for DSCSA effort

AmerisourceBergen was named the winner of Healthcare Distribution Management Association's (HDMA) 2016 Distribution Management Award for centralizing its data for Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliance and preparing for long-term serialization requirements.

AmerisourceBergen was named the winner of Healthcare Distribution Management Association's (HDMA) 2016 Distribution Management Award for centralizing its data for Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliance and preparing for long-term serialization requirements. Last year, DSCSA begin requiring that supply chain stakeholders receive and transmit transaction information, history, and statement data among trading partners. AmerisourceBergen created a central data depository for all of its subsidiaries to avoid burdening its trading partners. The company customized a tool to create one source of transactional data for all of its external trading partners, leveraging current advance ship notices to facilitate inbound transactions from manufacturers and synthesizing the data for dispenser/downstream customers. The solution allowed AmerisourceBergen to create internal cost efficiencies and engage with manufacturers on further serialization requirements. The award, presented at the HDMA 2016 Distribution Management Conference and Expo in San Antonio, recognizes spotlight member companies' efforts to improve health care supply chain efficiency and safety through creative trading partner initiatives.