In January 2009, Direct Relief became the first and remains the only nonprofit organization in the United States to be designated by The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor® (VAWD), joining the ranks of major pharmaceutical and healthcare distribution companies including Cardinal Health, Walgreens, CVS, Teva, and Abbott that hold this accreditation.
The VAWD program provides assurance that the wholesale distribution facility operates legitimately, is validly licensed in good standing, and is employing security and best practices for safely distributing prescription drugs from manufacturers to pharmacies and other institutions. Applicants for VAWD accreditation undergo a criteria compliance review, licensure verification, a survey, background checks, and screening through the NABP Clearinghouse.
VAWD accreditation ensures that Direct Relief is operating at the nation’s highest standards for wholesale drug distribution—the same standards with which its donor companies must comply—and underscores Direct Relief’s commitment to maintaining the highest standard of care in providing humanitarian medical aid to vulnerable populations in the United States and the world at large.
A full list of VAWD-certified companies is posted at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website.
According to the NABP, VAWD was established in 2004 to help protect the public from the threat of counterfeit drugs affecting the U.S. drug supply. NABP developed VAWD certification after the Food & Drug Administration requested that the association update its Model Rules for the Licensure of Wholesale Distributors, which is part of the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.