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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>, ...

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 ...

Live the Life of an IV Start Kit

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

This October 5-6, Michigan State University (MSU) and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging will once again host the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE), a unique program that simulates healthcare practitioners' experiences as they interact with packaging. In this year's program, attendees will be able to witness package use during simulated ambulance ...

Are You Terrific at Tracking?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

If you are wondering what FDA is thinking these days when it comes to drug safety, you should read yesterday's statement from Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., FDA's principal deputy commissioner, before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, U.S. House of Representatives. You may not have all your ...

Hospital Decided to Divert Drugs

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I hope you read this news in today's  PMP News.com Daily Newsletter: "Hospital makes a profit trading NHS drugs in Europe."  Before you click to read it, though, I just want to share a few quick thoughts. This story shocked me. We've reported instances of tampering and theft by healthcare professionals ...

Item-Level Serialization Could Assist EHR during Vaccine Rationing

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I knew it would happen. People are panicking about the H1N1 flu. Yesterday The New York Times reported that people lining up at flu shot clinics are lying about underlying medical conditions so they can qualify for the rationed doses. "Some reduce themselves to lying about a pregnancy, or an underlying ...