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06/14/2021

HDA names 2021 DIANA Award winners

The Arlington, Va.-based trade association presented the awards as part of its virtual 2021 HDA BLC Online conference. 
David Salazar
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The Healthcare Distribution Alliance is honoring 10 consumer and pharmaceutical manufacturers with its 2021 Distribution Industry Awards for Notable Achievements in Healthcare, or DIANA, Awards. The Arlington, Va.-based trade association presented the awards as part of its virtual 2021 HDA BLC Online conference. 

The awards, established in 1959, are meant to recognize manufacturer members of HDA for developing innovative new products and promotions for the healthcare distribution industry while also enhancing business practices with their distributor trading partners. Every year, HDA asks its distributor members to nominate their top five manufacturer partners, and winners are selected by distributor member executives. 

“Strong working relationships between HDA distributors and more than 1,400 manufacturers are essential to ensuring that millions of medicines, healthcare products, vaccines and medical supplies are delivered safely and reliably to Americans each day,” said Chester “Chip” Davis Jr., president and CEO of HDA. “We congratulate our 2021 DIANA honorees for being the standard-bearers for innovation and collaboration in the healthcare supply chain.”

This year’s winners were:

Best New Product Introductions or Promotions:

  • Biotechnology products: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for Regen-COV (casirivimab with imdevimab)
  • Branded Pharmaceuticals: Eisai for Dayvigo 
  • Generic Pharmaceuticals: Sun Pharmaceutical for epoprostenol injection 

Best overall pharmaceutical and consumer product manufacturers were:

Consumer Product Manufacturers

  • Winner: Dr. Reddy’s Labs
  • First merit finalist: Cipla USA
  • Second merit finalist: Broadway Industries

Best Overall Generic Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer, less than $100 million in sales

  • Winner: Ajanta Pharma USA
  • First merit finalist: Unichem Pharmaceuticals USA
  • Second merit finalist: Breckenridge Pharmaceuticals

Best Overall Generic Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer, more than $100 million in sales

  • Winner: Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA)
  • First merit finalist: Ascend Labs
  • Second merit finalist: Apotex

Best Overall Branded Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer, less than $300 million in sales

  • Winner: Upsher-Smith Labs
  • First merit finalist: Kowa Pharmaceuticals America
  • Second merit finalist: TherapeuticsMD

Best Overall Branded Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturer, more than $300 million in sales

  • Winner: Gilead Sciences
  • First merit finalist: Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Second merit finalist: GlaxoSmithKline

“Winning the DIANA for the branded Rx area says so much about how our wholesaler partners see Upsher-Smith,” said Mike McBride, vice president of partner relations at Upsher-Smith. “As a company, we seek to consistently provide exemplary product quality and supply across both our brand and generic product lines, and we’re proud of our continuing history of product and supply excellence, especially during the unprecedented circumstances of 2020.”

Finally, HDA named its Manufacturer Suppliers of the Year. Apotex won among companies with less than $500 million in sales and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals won among companies with more than $500 million in sales. 

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