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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 ...

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 ...

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>, ...

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 ...

Streaming Green

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Earlier this year, AMERIPEN emerged in an effort to bring a "material-neutral" approach to sustainability in packaging. Founders include The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Company, MeadWestvaco (MWV), Procter & Gamble, Sealed Air Corp., and Tetra Pak Inc. AMERIPEN is initially ...

Web Chat: More than One Million Pills Seized

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

FDA released its strategic goals and long-term objectives yesterday, covering food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal drugs, and tobacco. To no surprise, its plan for protecting public health includes supply-chain issues: Secure the global supply chain to ensure that drugs are being manufactured and distributed to conform to established quality standards. Improve ...

Security Technologies Spark Change

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

As I prepare the focus for Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News's "Security Packaging" feature, which is slated for the magazine's January 2011 issue, a related blog worth mentioning crossed my desk. Maxiom Group (Waltham, MA) is a small life sciences consulting company that publishes a weekly blog, which just happens ...

Shipper Assembly, for One?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Pharmaceutical shippers are increasingly interested in bulk product shippers, Bill Hingle, marketing director, Cryopak/TCP Reliable (Edison, NJ), told me at Pack Expo International. But the real challenge is to devise a pallet-sized system that won't be too tedious for users to assemble, Hingle added. To meet industry's need, Cryopak focused on ...

Will Standards and Audits Provide Enough Supply-Chain Visibility?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Axendia has released the findings of its study on the global supply chain, and I wasn't at all surprised to see that what life science executives say they need is guidance from industry consortia (59%) and regulatory mandates (51%). "Our research shows that industry executives are relying less on internal ...

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 ...