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USP Workshop To Focus On Common Approach For Supply Security

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has pulled together a broad swath of  stakeholders for a workshop this month on the complexities of protecting the supply chain. The May 22-23 event in Rockville, MD will feature regulatory officials from Europe, South American, and Africa, and coverage of developing track-and-trace standards, among other ...

US Pharmacopeia Takes Up Supply Chain Security

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The United States Pharmacopeia is placing supply chain security at the forefront with a new general chapter on best practices for ensuring supply chain integrity and protecting consumers from poor quality and counterfeit medicines. USP General Chapter <1083>, Good Distribution Practices-Supply Chain Integrity, with the recently published USP General Chapter <1079>, ...

GS1 Standards Pick Up Support

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

GS1 Healthcare standards are gaining traction. As the latest country to support GS1, India has called for serialized codes following GS1 data formats for exported pharmaceuticals. Most of the top pharmaceutical and medical device companies, wholesalers, and many hospital systems in the US have embraced GS1 Healthcare’s system for product ...

FDA: Reduce the Opportunity for Crime

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

During a policy forum held today in Washington, DC, the Pew Health Group introduced its report, "After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs." Referring to the heparin-contamination case as a "wake-up call" to supply-chain risks, Allan Coukell, Pew's director of medical programs, said that while ...

The Package Says Sterile but . . .

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Yikes! Here is a risk to stolen and diverted medical devices that I had barely considered. How about you? Nonsterile products! Today in our daily newsletter we reported on a story from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that Boston Scientific Corp. has warned hospitals to look for endoscopic and urological medical devices ...

Could Drug Take-Back Programs Be Taking Away from You?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

This Saturday (September 25) is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Drug Enforcement Administration has organized collections at more than 3400 sites nationwide. The event is intended to give patients a safe means of disposing of unwanted drugs that minimizes the risk of those drugs reappearing in the ...

Just in Case Thieves Are Working this Labor Day

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

FreightWatch sent out some good holiday advice that I thought I would pass along to you. Dan Burges, CPP, director, global intelligence of FreightWatch, issued the following alert today via e-mail (in italics below) and gave me permission to share it with you: Event: Holiday Awareness Date: Labor Day Weekend Description: Shippers, manufacturers, ...

Close Call at My House

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

In terms of product recalls, it has been an interesting week in my house. Over the weekend we got a call from Ralphs alerting us to an egg recall, and we saw several news spots urging consumers to visit eggsafety.org to check their own supplies. Then on Monday, my mother got ...

Potentially Harmful Stolen Products Found in Pharmacies

Friday, July 16th, 2010

It was probably only a matter of time. Pharmaceutical products reported stolen in August 2009 have surfaced in pharmacies. Today FDA is warning patients "that certain Advair Diskus inhalers stolen from a distribution warehouse in 2009 have been found in some pharmacies. The safety and effectiveness of the stolen inhalers cannot ...

How Vigilant Are You?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Rx-360.org sent out an alert over the weekend about another pharmaceutical cargo theft, this time in Memphis. The grassroots group got a lead from FreightWatch International, and I am researching the story now. In the meantime, I went back and reviewed FDA's advice on warehouse and cargo thefts. The agency is ...