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Gray to exit Healthcare Distribution Alliance after 16 years

CEO believes it is time for group to have a ‘new pair of eyes’ as industry faces legal challenges resulting from national opioid crisis


June 7, 2019
By Walt Williams

John Gray will retire as CEO of the $16M-revenue Healthcare Distribution Alliance in 2020, stepping down from the organization as the industry it represents faces increasing legal problems for its alleged role in fueling the current opioid crisis.

Gray has led the Arlington, Va.-based HDA since 2004. The group represents primary pharmaceutical distributors, which act as middle men between drug makers and pharmacies. Some distributors have been accused of turning a blind eye to pharmacies that ordered suspiciously large amounts of opioid medications, and both distributors and pharmaceutical manufacturers have been targeted in lawsuits accusing them of creating the opioid epidemic.