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Combating Counterfeit Drugs May 2005 Update - Secure Business Practices

In the Report, we described the important role that all participants in the drug supply chain have in adopting secure business practices. Around the time the Report was issued several trade associations for wholesale distributors issued guidelines for their members regarding best practices for drug d istribution system integrity. In fact, in the past year, the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) released new membership rules that require active members to adopt best practices that include extensive regulatory, financial, security, and due diligence processes and procedures.

It is also important to note that many of the secure business practices outlined in these trade associations' best practices guidelines are included in the Model Rules for Licensure of Wholesale Distributors for adoption by the states.

Next Steps: We will continue to work with stakeholders who would like to develop secure business practices.