Medical Distribution Industry Urges Congress To Prevent Freight Rail Disruptions

Alexandria, VA, Nov. 29, 2022 – The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) today urged Congress to take steps to maintain the freight rail system and avert any threatened labor disruption.

“Transportation is a healthcare issue,” said HIDA President and CEO Matthew J. Rowan. “As Americans weather a difficult flu season and a surge in pediatric RSV cases, this is no time to disrupt the medical supply chain. If the parties cannot reach agreement, then Congress must step in and pass legislation to keep the freight rail system operating and America’s supply chains moving.”

HIDA has encouraged its members to contact Congress and support a legislative resolution to the rail labor dispute. HIDA is at the forefront of healthcare organizations who have joined multi-association letters to President Biden and congressional leadership urging action to avert a rail strike.

About HIDA

Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) represents the healthcare distribution network – the essential link between global healthcare supply manufacturers and local care providers. HIDA members operate more than 500+ distribution centers to bring critical products, supplies, and services to more than 560,000 healthcare settings across the U.S., including hospitals, long-term care, physician practices, home care, and laboratories. Visit

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