H. D. Smith, the largest independent wholesaler in the U.S. and a leading pharmaceutical brand support company, announced the winners of its annual Trading Partners of the Year awards, honoring select pharmaceutical and health products manufacturers. These organizations partner with H. D. Smith, collaborating to grow the industry and advance patient care. Each award winner is recognized based on criteria including trade volume, trade policies and overall sales, for excellence across each key H. D. Smith product areas. This 2017 Trading Partners of the Year are:
- Brand and Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Allergan
- Generic Pharmaceuticals: Alvogen, Inc.
- Health, Beauty and Wellness Products: Prestige Brands, Inc.
- Home Healthcare Products: Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
New this year, H. D. Smith recognized individual representatives through a Trading Partner Representative of the Year award in each category. This award honors vendor trade representatives who support H. D. Smith through managing supply chain inventory, driving profitability, supporting marketing efforts and more. This year’s recipients are:
- Brand and Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Italo Pennella – Impax Laboratories, Inc.
- Generic Pharmaceuticals: Jane Williams – Apotex Corp.
- Health, Beauty and Wellness Products: Dan Rozumalski – Salvatori-Scott, Inc.
- Home Healthcare Products: Jim Ripperger – First Quality Healthcare
The awards were presented during the 2017 H. D. Smith National Sales & Management Conference, which emphasizes the company’s position to partner and innovate within the ever-evolving healthcare industry to ensure the nation’s specialty and retail pharmacies have access to essential products.
“H. D. Smith’s success in the market can be attributed to leveraging best practices in the supply chain to improve our already strong relationships with industry partners,” said Chris Smith, president and chief executive officer of H. D. Smith. "We honor our trading partners each year with these awards as a way to express our appreciation and show how important their partnership is to us.”
The company’s 19th annual meeting epitomizes the lasting relationships that exist between H. D. Smith and its partners.
“Our alliance with trading partners is not only important to H. D. Smith, but it is also vital to be the partner the supply chain needs,” said Dale Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of H. D. Smith Holding Company. "We strive to focus on our customers’ profitability and sustaining independent pharmacy, while driving cost out of the system. These mutual initiatives cannot happen without the strong relationships H. D. Smith cultivates with our trading partners."
About H. D. Smith
H. D. Smith is the largest, privately held national wholesaler, with a complete line of healthcare products and solutions to improve patient care. The company creates value and an extraordinary customer experience by impacting the healthcare supply chain. Bridging the gap between manufacturer and patient, H. D. Smith’s specialty solutions division offers a unique suite of strategic programs for patient access on behalf of pharmaceutical suppliers. Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, H. D. Smith also operates CompleteCare Pharmacy, Smith Medical Partners, Triplefin and Valley Wholesale Drug.