The Animal Health Distributor


JUNE 2015     


Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015

FTC Report on Pet Medications

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference

Annual Conference Survey

Save the Date - 2016 Annual Conference

AVDA Annual Meeting and Elections

AVDA ITR Advisor Newsletter

AVDA Dues Reminder

E-Reg Monitor Service

Legal Update

NAW Publications

Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015

Sen. Blumenthal (CT) introduced S. 1200, Fairness to Pet Owners Act, with Sens. Schumer (NY) and Lee (UT) on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The language is a mirror of last Congress’s bill and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The AVMA is reviewing the legislative language and its Board will formalize their official position at their meeting in July.

Click here for more on the Fairness to Pet Owners Act.

FTC Report on Pet Medications Industry Finds Veterinarians Face Increasing Competition from Non-Veterinary Retail Outlets

A Federal Trade Commission report on the pet medications industry noted fast growth and a changing landscape of suppliers – with veterinarians seeing increased competition from non-traditional sellers, and consumers finding more ways to buy medications for their pets. The report made recommendations for ways to make the pet medications market even more competitive.

Click here for more on the report.

AVDA 2015 Annual Conference

Thank you to all of those who attended the 39th AVDA Annual Conference! This year was a huge success because of you! We would also like to thank our generous sponsors. Without your support we wouldn't be able to provide the amazing speakers and networking opportunities during AVDA's signature event.

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Annual Conference Survey

Please take a few moments to provide us with feedback on the 2015 Annual Conference. We value your input and will take it into consideration when planning future conferences.
This survey was previously sent via email or you may CLICK HERE to go directly to the survey.

Save the Date!

2016 AVDA Annual Conference • Meritage Resort & Spa
Napa, California • May 1-3, 2016

AVDA Annual Meeting and Elections

The Annual Meeting and Elections of AVDA Active Members were held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in conjunction with the AVDA Annual Conference held at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston SC. The meeting included an Annual Report on AVDA Activities in the past year.

Click here for more on the annual meeting.

AVDA ITR Advisor Newsletter

AVDA is pleased to announce that AVDA will continue to partner with ITR Economics to provide the monthly ITR Advisor, a 4-page snapshot of the current economy, using leading indicators to tell subscribers where the economy is headed and what actions to take now. Written in a conversational tone, not heavy economic-speak, the ITR Advisor is a simple, quick, timely, and affordable way to stay informed about the state of the economy, with useful guidance and clear action points. This is another member benefit that we are providing to our members.

The cost to AVDA for this service is $7,500 annually and is included as a part of your annual membership dues payment. This email newsletter will be sent to all principals and alternates at AVDA member companies.

Click here for a copy of the May 2015 edition

Contact AVDA headquarters to see if you are on the distribution list.

AVDA Dues Reminder - Due on June 1, 2015

AVDA would like to thank you for your continued support over the past year. Dues were mailed out in early May to all AVDA members and are due on June 1. The AVDA board approved a 2% increase in dues for this year across all member types. Please make sure that you remember to send back your dues form with full payment. You can also log in to the AVDA website to pay online. If you have not received your dues form or need help paying online contact Casey Joseph at 443-640-1040 x112.

E-Reg Monitor Service

In today’s regulatory environment, pharmaceutical, distribution and healthcare companies are faced with constant changes in federal and state legislation and regulations that affect everyday business. Although no common governance exists among the states, the states do maintain similarities in the way they define and regulate key areas of pharmaceutical marketing practices as well as licensing and distribution activities. To better understand the impact of these state-by-state regulations, BuzzeoPDMA’s E-Reg Monitor Service offers two surveys to assist the industry in monitoring these

AVDA members who subscribe to the E-Reg Monitor Service have access to an online tool that provides legislative and regulatory updates on Drug Distribution and Drug Pedigree laws on the Federal level and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Subscribing members have 24/7 access to the service and receive e-mail notification when updates are available. The annual subscription fee for AVDA members is now $2,000 per AVDA Member Company. Companies subscribing to this service would individually pay in excess of $25,000 per year.
If you already subscribe to E-Reg Monitor Service, you should have received a separate invoice to renew your subscription.

Click here for more on the E-Reg Monitor Service

Please contact Casey Joseph if you have not received your invoice or would like to subscribe.

Legal Update

Click here to read latest update from AVDA’s Legal Counsel, Neil Kuenn of Keeley, Kuenn & Reid

NAW Publications

AVDA is a member of the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors (NAW). NAW has many publications that are of interest to distribution companies. As an AVDA member, you may order these publications at the discounted NAW Member Association rate.

"NAW institute for Distribution Excellence announces driving profitable growth: a distributor's playbook to generate–manage–sustain competitive advantage" - The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence is pleased to announce its newest, groundbreaking research study, Driving Profitable Growth: Distributor's Playbook to Generate–Manage–Sustain Competitive Advantage, based on a two-year research consortium conducted by Texas A&M University's Global Supply Chain Laboratory. Click here to read the press release.

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Upcoming Events

May 1-3, 2016

AVDA 2016 Annual Conference

The Meritage Resort & Spa 
Napa, CA

April 30 - May 2, 2017

AVDA 2017 Annual Conference

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

AVDA Staff

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Jackie King
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Director of Meetings & Member Services
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Association Coordinator
Casey Joseph
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