At the Healthcare Distribution Alliance’s Business & Leadership Conference (Phoenix, June 11-14), the organization honored its annual Distribution Industry Awards for Notable Achievements in Healthcare (DIANA) Awards for participation in Alliance activities, and innovative product introductions and trade relations activities in the industry. The DIANA Partners of the Year are Lilly USA, Inc. (company with >$500-million sales) and Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA (<$500 million).
Best New Product Introduction or Promotion Awards went to Bristol-Myers Squibb (for its Orencia ClickJect product); Alvogen, Inc. (Oseltamivir generic); Rickett Benckiser (Mucinex Clear and Cool); and Broadway Industries (Re-Use-A-Bag Plastic T-sack). Overall Manufacturer Awards were granted to LEO Pharma, Allergan, Amneal Pharma and Rickett Benckiser.
Concurrently, the HDA Research Foundation awarded Michael McBride its annual Nexxus award, which recognizes leadership activity in the healthcare products distribution industry. McBride, currently VP of partner relations at Upsher-Smith Laboratories, has had a nearly 30-year career at Upsher-Smith; he has also taken on several responsibilities within HDA, including its Industry Relations Council, the Manufacturers; Government Affairs Advisory Committee and the Professional Development Program.
“For more than 60 years, the Nexus has recognized extraordinary supply chain leaders,” said John M. Gray, President and CEO, HDA, and President, HDA Research Foundation. “HDA and the HDA Research Foundation are pleased to continue the proud legacy of the Nexus Award by recognizing Mike McBride — a consummate team player and champion for trade relations — with the distribution industry’s highest honor.” HDA Research Foundation is supported in part by Roche Group/Genentech and Mylan, Inc.