The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP® ) announced today that two wholesale drug distribution facilities operated by Livonia, MI-based Harvard Drug Group, LLC, have earned accreditation under NABP's Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors (VAWD) program. The accreditation of Harvard Drug Group, LLC, dba Major Pharmaceuticals, Indianapolis, IN, and the Harvard Drug Group, LLC, Great Lakes Wholesale Drugs, Livonia, MI, facilities represent a concerted and cooperative effort between state boards of pharmacy and wholesale distributors to protect the public from counterfeit drugs and continue to secure the integrity of the US medication distribution supply chain.
VAWD accreditation assures stakeholders and the public that wholesale distributors are appropriately licensed, have undergone intense background checks, and employ security and due diligence practices for safely distributing prescription drugs, says NABP President Dennis K. McAllister, RPh. NABP recognizes the measures that the Harvard Drug Group has taken to meet the VAWD program's rigorous criteria in an effort to protect the public health.
The Harvard Drug Group, LLC distributes prescription medications to retailers, medical professionals, and managed care providers. The company was founded as Great Lakes Wholesale Drug in 1967. After Great Lakes Wholesale Drug was purchased and the Harvard Division was added in the late 1980s, the company acquired partnership with General Generics, Logen Pharmaceuticals, and Major Pharmaceuticals. In 1997, all of these companies were combined into The Harvard Drug Group, LLC.
We are pleased to be among the first wholesale distributors to receive VAWD accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, says Randolph J. Friedman, chairman and chief executive officer for the Harvard Drug Group, LLC. The completion of this rigorous compliance review is fundamental to maintaining the integrity of the pharmaceutical supply chain and providing for the safety of the public. The VAWD accreditation is an important part of our promise to the pharmacies, health care practitioners, and health care institutions, as well as state and federal facilities we service.
The two Harvard Drug Group, LLC facilities join CVS/pharmacy's Distribution Center in Indianapolis, IN, and US Oncology, Inc's Fort Worth, TX facility, which earned VAWD accreditation on February 8, 2006.
For more information about the VAWD program or to download an application, visit NABP's Web site at www.nabp.net.
NABP is the independent, international, and impartial Association that assists its member boards and jurisdictions in developing, implementing, and enforcing uniform standards for the purpose of protecting the public health.