Category Archives: Supply Chain

EFPIA Efforts to Block Stolen Drugs in European Supply Chain

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations’ new medicines verification system will put an end to the re-sale of stolen and counterfeit drugs in the European supply chain, the organisation claims. The European Stakeholder Model (ESM) reportedly offers a cost-effective technological solution using anti-tampering device together with 2D barcoding to verify the authenticity of medicinal products. Because of loopholes […]
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Industry Seeks Clearer Track-and-Trace Standards

Stakeholders face challenges and benefits from a more secure pharmaceutical supply chain, writes Jill Wechsler. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, manufacturers and distributors will need to have in place systems able to transmit information on prescription drug movement in the United States from plant, to packagers and various wholesalers and distributors, and ultimately to dispensers. FDA […]
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Supplier Audit Program Marks Progress

The Rx360 pharmaceutical supply chain consortium celebrated its first five years with an anniversary conference on June 5  in Washington, D.C., featuring key FDA officials and industry leaders. This collaborative effort to streamline and coordinate manufacturer audits of ingredient suppliers was launched in 2009 in response to the heparin adulteration crisis, which raised broad concerns […]
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Pfizer’s AZ Bid Draws Mixed UK Reaction

The confirmation of Pfizer’s bid for an outright acquisition of AstraZeneca has drawn mixed reactions from the UK. Linda McCulloch of Britain’s biggest union, Unite, said the bid is “very worrying for the UK workforce”, adding that it is “absolutely crucial” that there should be “guarantees of no jobs losses and for the protection on the UK’s […]
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China Supply Chain Progress Still Hampered by Corruption, Pollution, Working Conditions

Supply chains risks in China still include extremely high levels of corruption, environmental pollution issues and slow working conditions reforms, according to new analysis from Sedex.
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