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Follow The Pill: Understanding the U.S. Commercial Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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Publication Date: March 2005

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Health (Pharmaceutical services)
Manufacturing and industry (Pharmaceutical industry)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The report describes the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, following prescription drugs as they move from manufacturers, to wholesale distributors, to pharmacies, and ultimately to patients. The report describes both the physical distribution of drugs through the chain, as well as the flow of money and the financial relationships among the key players. It was prepared for the Foundation by Dan Mendelson and The Health Strategies Consultancy.