Vizient to Present on Pharmaceutical Traceability at Healthcare Distribution Alliance’s Distribution Management Conference and Expo


Vizient announces that it will be presenting at the HDA Distribution Management Conference and Expo, being held March 10-13 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif. During the event, Katrina Harper, PharmD, MBA, DPLA, BCPS, senior clinical manager, Center for Pharmacy Practice Excellence, at Vizient, will be a featured panelist for three conference sessions focused on implications related to the implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

Traceability Dispenser Panel, Monday, March 11, 2:15-3:15 p.m. PDT. Harper and other panelists will share their current thinking, approaches and challenges regarding DSCSA implementation. Topics will include whether the requirement for distributors and manufacturers to verify returns in 2019 will impact dispensers returning items to them; meeting the 2020 dispensers requirements; planning for 2023 compliance including cost, scanning, hardware upgrades; and communication strategies for notifying FDA and upstream suppliers.

Traceability Roundtables, Tuesday, March 12, Session 1 and 2, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Harper will participate in both roundtable discussions where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss current operational issues associated with traceability implementation with peers in small, roundtable discussions. Topics Include:

¢ Filling out the HDA New Product Form

¢ Verification router service

¢ GS1 suite of standards for traceability

¢ Dispenser concerns

¢ Serialized data challenges

Vizient is the nations largest health care performance improvement company serving a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizients diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents approximately $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2019, Vizient again received a Worlds Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizients headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.

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