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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 ...

Is Item Visibility Needed?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) has succeeded in bringing together several manufacturers, wholesalers, and pharmacy chains in support of a federal law automating pharmaceutical tracking. Its proposed RxTEC Act would replace the "pedigree" requirements of the Prescription Drug Marketing Act as well as any state laws with ...

Packaging Clues Needed

Monday, March 19th, 2012

After counterfeit Avastin surfaced in February, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reminded nurses, pharmacists, and doctors to remain vigilant when procuring and dispensing medications. Packaging and labeling play key roles in that vigilance. But do you give these professionals enough clues to go by? In its March 8 newsletter, ...

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 ...

Study Evaluates Impact of Pouch Size on Contamination

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

A first concern of nurses is avoiding contaminating the inside of sterile packaging when devices are flipped to a sterile field or handed off to the scrub nurse. At the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience organized by Michigan State University and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, Tony Trier, a masters degree candidate at the ...

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 ...

Can Chronic Conditions Be Managed Better with Special Packaging?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Chronic illness certainly takes a toll on families and finances (I know this from my own family), so I don't doubt these figures one bit: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the more than $2 trillion ...