Preparing for Emergencies

Our public policy recommendations to ensure patients get the medicines and supplies they need during states of emergency.

For over 180 years, McKesson has led the industry in the delivery of medicines and healthcare products to pharmacies, hospitals and other sites of care—including timely and safe delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and medical supplies during catastrophic events.

We are committed to partnering with government agencies in emergency preparedness planning and response. States of emergency often result in the limited use or closure of major highways, bridges and tunnels to allow access for first responders. Consequently, pharmaceutical distributors like McKesson may be unable to deliver lifesaving medical supplies at a time when they are needed most.

Working with governments to deliver during emergencies

We work with state legislatures and state emergency response agencies to ensure pharmaceuticals can be delivered during a state of emergency. We encourage state legislators and policymakers to adopt procedures that would:

  • Classify pharmaceutical and medical supply delivery trucks as essential vehicles with authority to make deliveries;
  • Direct appropriate local or state agencies to include pharmaceutical and medical supply distributors in any emergency preparedness plans and establish a process to assist with road access during states of emergency.

At the federal level, we regularly work with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response following disasters and emergencies.

Together, we ensure critical medical products and pharmaceuticals are delivered to those on the ground. In addition, we work with HHS on the Strategic National Stockpile to ensure that our country is prepared for any situation that would lead to a surge in demand for product.