Specialty Drug Distribution

Specialty drug distribution and the independent pharmacy.

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At a time when independent pharmacies are facing real challenges to profitability, specialty drug distribution can offer significant benefits.

Specialty pharmaceutical products are high-cost, high-touch medicines – drugs like biologics that require special handling, pharmaceuticals that treat chronic diseases, or medicines that involve a complex treatment regimen. From vaccines to oncology medicines and plasma derivatives to contraceptives, specialty drug distribution is growing quickly – and providing tremendous revenue opportunities for independent pharmacies.

Taking advantage of these opportunities requires a specialty distribution partner that can deliver medicine at competitive prices, with outstanding customer service and deep insight into developing trends in the market. Independents used to rely on suppliers not focused on community pharmacies for these kinds of specialty pharmacy services. But many have discovered that when it comes to generic, brand and specialty pharmaceutical distribution, those suppliers are more interested in serving the big box retail chains who are their biggest customers. That’s why independent pharmacies looking for superior specialty distribution services are increasingly turning to independent specialty pharmacy distribution from H. D. Smith.

H. D. Smith: a national leader in specialty drug distribution.

As a leading provider of product and services to community pharmacies for more than 60 years, H. D. Smith today is the largest independent pharmaceutical wholesaler the United States – and a leader in specialty drug distribution for independents nationwide. Our mission is to provide independent pharmacies with the best pricing on pharmaceutical products, exceptional service and value-added solutions to help drive profits, win customers and streamline operations.

With years of experience in plasma derivatives, oncology medicines, vaccines and biologics, we excel at the complicated aspects of specialty drug distribution. Our account teams work closely with our independent customers to anticipate new products, resolve backorder issues, and deliver timely and accurate orders.

To help independents care more effectively for their community, we offer specialty pharmacy services that include cold chain distribution, customer screening and registry, customized delivery and shipping, and product warehousing and logistics.

Specialty drug distribution for a broad range of conditions.

We offer specialty pharmaceutical distribution of a wide variety of medicines, including:

  • Blood and plasma-derived medicines, including coagulation factors and immunoglobulins that need special care to maintain accurate inventory levels.
  • Oncology medicines for a variety of treatment regimens.
  • 340B-eligible products such as contraceptives, nicotine replacement therapies, antibiotics, diabetic products, vaccines and injectables.
  • Women’s health products including family planning products, fertility treatments, HPV vaccines, and oral and injectable generic antibiotics and contraceptives.
  • A comprehensive collection of vaccines.

We also offer specialty drug distribution for illnesses in the areas of dermatology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, urology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, OB/GYN, neurology, internal medicine, and more.

With specialty drug distribution from H. D. Smith, independent pharmacies can provide life-saving pharmaceuticals to their customers while competing more effectively with big box retailers and mail-order pharmacies services.

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    Gregory Ferraro
    Robert Jacobson Surgical Pharmacy
    Mount Kisco, NY
    H. D. Smith customer for 35 years

    “Inventory cant be beat, customer service is excellent, deliveries are dependable and returns are smooth. ”

    December 18, 2017

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    Les Williams
    Terry's Family Pharmacy
    Verona, NJ
    H. D. Smith customer for 32 years

    “We always receive an accurate delivery. There is never a shortage, and no question, there is never a mistake in the pick. The return system is the best, and again, no question how it works. Credits are also given so fast.”

    February 3, 2017

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    Miami, FL
    H. D. Smith customer for 4 years

    “All I can say is that I have great sales reps that provide nothing but the best to their customers. The accounting department is also great and always helping customers get the best possible service”

    November 4, 2016

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