Distribution Law and Legal Definition

Distribution is generally defined as the dissemination or apportionment of something. Distribution occurs in the context of a vast variety of things, and there are varying state and federal laws which govern distributuion of certain articles. For example, domestic relations laws of states govern distribution of assets in divorce. There are various state and federal laws dealing with distributions from investment accounts. The definition of a particular distribution depends on the context in which it is used and the applicable laws governing the subject matter.

The following is an example of a state statute dealing with wholesale drug distribution:

"Wholesale drug distribution defined. A wholesale drug distributor is any person engaged in the wholesale distribution of prescription drugs, including manufacturers; repackagers; own-label distributors; private-label distributors; reverse distributors; jobbers; brokers; warehouses, including manufacturers' and distributors' warehouses, chain drug warehouses, and wholesale drug warehouses; independent wholesale drug traders; and retail and hospital pharmacies that conduct wholesale distributions, including pharmacy distributors. A wholesale drug distributor does not include a common carrier or an individual hired solely to transport prescription drugs."