Health Care Distributors

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Health care distributors purchase, inventory and sell pharmaceutical products and medical equipment to hospitals, pharmacies and physicians. Demand for the industry’s services is driven largely by insurance rates, pharmaceutical spending, illness and demographics. The health care sector continues to face an emphasis on reduced costs and improved efficiencies, which also will affect the Health Care Distributors industry. Entities in this industry face challenges from consolidation and partnerships between pharmacies, payers and manufacturers.

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Disclosure Topics

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General Issue Category
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Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Health Care Distributors

GHG Emissions
  • Fleet Fuel Management

    The distribution of health care products and supplies requires significant transportation networks. Concern over climate change and dwindling natural resources may affect fuel pricing, and it may expose health care distributors to cost fluctuations. Entities that improve transportation efficiencies may be better positioned to create value over the long-term.
Product Quality & Safety
  • Product Safety

    Health Care Distributors are integral to the delivery of consumer health care products. The industry has a shared responsibility with manufacturers to ensure product safety and answer concerns related to toxicity. Further, Health Care Distributors face additional risks related to controlled substances and mislabelled products. Entities that improve safety or effectively manage other product concerns may better protect shareholder value.
Customer Welfare
  • Counterfeit Drugs

    The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that counterfeit drugs represent more than 10% of the pharmaceutical supply chain in low- and middle-income countries. The issue of counterfeit or substandard medication also presents a significant risk in developed economies. Health Care Distributors may face added costs as applicable jurisdictional legal or regulatory authorities implement drug supply chain regulations to prevent counterfeit or mislabelled drugs from entering the pharmaceutical distribution system.
Product Design & Lifecycle Management
  • Product Lifecycle Management

    Health Care Distributors have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of the products that they distribute. Specific opportunities to address these impacts exist in product packaging and take-back programmes. Entities that manage these concerns properly may meet customer demand and reduce associated costs more effectively.
Business Ethics
  • Business Ethics

    Health Care Distributors are subject to various jurisdictional laws and regulations regarding false marketing claims, bribery, corruption and other unethical business practices. Entities that ensure compliance with relevant regulations may avoid litigation, which could result in costly fines or settlements.

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