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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 ...

Optel Vision Offers Webinars On Traceability

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Optel Vision is kicking off a three-month series of webinars on track and trace and serialization, featuring case studies on industry implementations. Three sessions will cover an introduction to track and trace, real use cases, and challenges in implementing serialization. Presented by Jean Pierre Allard, Optel Vision's serialization solution manager, each ...

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>, ...

December’s New To-Do List: E-Pedigree and Track and Trace

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

If pharmaceutical electronic pedigrees and track and trace are on your radar, December will be a busy month for you. California's State Board of Pharmacy (CA BoP) has announced that it will discuss implementation of the state's electronic pedigree requirements during its board meeting on December 6. In addition, GS1 ...

Solving Shortages through Serialization

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has surveyed pharmacists and purchasing agents on drug shortages and the "gray" market again, and the bad news is that we could have just reposted our blog on last year's survey and been just as timely. Hospitals continue to struggle with drug shortages, ...

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 ...

Can Unique Device ID Support Two Standards?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The medical device industry is anticipating publication of FDA's proposed rule on unique device identification (UDI) in the first quarter. Then follows a one year review period, after which manufacturers will implement the finalized regulation to a time table based on product risk classes. The agency will require the coding of ...

Pharmacists Worry about Gray Markets

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently surveyed pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners about drug shortages, and the results are startling. These shortages often put patients at risk as they wait for needed doses, or they are given alternatives that could present a whole new set of risks. The survey spawned ...

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 ...

Supply Chain Safety in an Era of Globalization

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

We recently surveyed our readers in our annual salary survey, and many of them referred to the supply chain as a global one, like it or not. (Many, of course, are worried about losing jobs to other countries, but there may be some good news for them on that front.) Fears ...