UPS discusses how its Order-to-Cash Services can provide visibility throughout distribution and even lend a hand during recalls.
In May, PMP News held the exclusive Webcast, “Technology Innovation in Healthcare Supply Chain Management,” featuring Jen Trone, Sector Development Manager for UPS Healthcare. Trone discussed UPS Order-to-Cash, a program designed to help manufacturers reduce and potentially eliminate underutilized assets and allow companies to concentrate on core competencies such as research, development, marketing, sales and manufacturing.
During the live Webcast, which was sponsored by UPS, Trone answered a number of questions, which we summarize below.
Althea Technologies Inc. announced today that it has extended its service offering to include labeling, packaging, storage, and distribution of drug and biological products through its co-marketing partner, Sherpa Clinical Packaging. Sherpa, founded in 2011, is located adjacent to Althea's clinical and commercial-scale biologics and drug product manufacturing facilities. The proximity of the facilities to one another simplifies supply chain logistics for clients of each organization.
Catalent Pharma Solutions's global network of sourcing specialists will now enable the company to supply comparator drugs directly from manufacturers. The company expects to be able to reduce customer costs and ensure timely initiation and reliability of product supply.
Sharp Corp. (Allentown, PA) announced it has joined the TraceLink Network for collaborative supply management with customers. By integrating Sharp’s packaging and serialization services with TraceLink’s, Sharp’s 80-plus pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and OTC customers will gain improved performance, visibility, and coordination throughout contract packaging and finished goods distribution, Sharp and TraceLink (Woburn, MA) said.
A joint collaborative between Acsis Inc., Cognex Corporation, Nosco, and Omega Design called “4 Serialization" is designed to help manufacturers, wholesale distributors and contract producers within the pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries implement product serialization and visibility throughout the supply chain to ensure patient safety and prevent counterfeiting. The ability to integrate a solution that is flexible enough to accommodate serialized and non-serialized products during a phased rollout can seem daunting to any organization.
Realigning itself as a product-centric company in the marketplace, Acsis Inc. will focus on increasing brand integrity, broadening strategic partnerships, and enhancing business agility for organizations through efficient supply chains, while continuing to expand their client base in key vertical markets. The new Acsis tagline is a credo for simplifying supply chain visibility, “Supply Chain Visibility. Anytime. Anywhere.”
GS1 Healthcare US develops an Industry Reference Model as part of it 2015 Readiness Program. The 2015 Readiness Program was established by GS1 Healthcare US to help members of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain prepare for state drug pedigree requirements in 2015. Based on simulation methods, this unique program allows participants to examine and test business processes using GS1 Standards for product serialization and supply chain visibility.
TraceLink, Inc. and Patheon, Inc., a provider of contract development and manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry, announced a strategic partnership for implementing TraceLink’s supply chain visibility and collaboration network.
“The Patheon Partnering Philosophy is based on the establishment of strategic relationships with our Life Science customers that deliver increased competitiveness and operational improvement,” said Paul Garofolo, Patheon’s executive vice president, corporate technology.
A promise of seamless data sharing as solution evolves.
Catalent Pharma Solutions Inc. (Somerset, NJ) has partnered with TraceLink Inc. (Woburn, MA) to develop TraceLink’s supply chain collaboration solution with outsourcing manufacturers.
The TraceLink platform and software applications will provide customers with seamless data sharing and an environment for optimizing business processes, says Roy Satchell, senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer, Catalent.