How it Works: The Supply Chain
The pharmaceutical supply chain along which medicines travel is complex. From the manufacturer to the pharmacy, medicines and other healthcare products make many stops before reaching one of the 6,210 hospitals or over 67,000 pharmacies in the United States. The sheer number of medicines and products moved by the supply chain adds to this complexity. According to the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science’s April 2018 report “Medicine Use and Spending in the U.S.” in 2017, over 5.8 billion prescriptions were ﬁlled in the United States alone. Innovations and partnerships at every stop of the supply chain help guarantee that patients receive the care they need.
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