Warehouse Management Systems should be selected based on your industry. Here are some industrty-specific requirements and what’s available from various WMS vendors.
End-to-end pharmaceutical development and supply chain, including clinical trials, raw materials, APIs, contract manufacturers, brands, distribution, retail, regulations, marketing, etc.
A consortium of ten U.K.-based companies, led by Authentix (an authentication and brand protection firm), aims to provide secure serialization and track and trace capability for the pharmaceutical industry. Their solution uses a combination of 2D barcodes, RFID, authentication, serialization, ePedigree, and wireless/mobile technologies to track and validate drugs as they move from the manufacturing plant, through the warehouse/distribution channel, and to the retail drug store or other point of dispensing. This should be helpful in anti-counterfeiting, reducing diversion, and improving drug safety. We’ve seen this movie before (at least a similar one) with California Express, but there are differences too.
Six million counterfeit cosmetics/personal care products and 1.2 million foodstuffs and beverage products were seized at the European Union (EU) border in 2007. In addition, counterfeit medicines had 2.7 million products stopped at the border. Stateside, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of International Trade announced that the domestic value of counterfeit and pirated products seized by CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased by 2.7 percent in mid-fiscal year 2008 over 2007.
Estimates for the true cost of drug manufacturing, from drug discovery to commercialization, range from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. Irrespective of the financial considerations, finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those suffering from disease has immeasurable value. This report shows that reducing the cost of developing drugs, from discovery to the marketplace, translates into a win for everyone in the Life Sciences supply chain.
The article discusses the issue of counterfeiting and piracy in the supply chain, emphasizing the need for solutions to combat these problems. Paul Fox, Chairman of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, provides insights on the impact of counterfeiting on companies and consumers and highlights the importance of technology like RFID in securing the supply chain.
ChainLink Research invites you to “RFID in Pharmaceutical Discovery”, the playback recording of the fourth and last in a series of four educational sessions on the use of RFID in the End-to-End Healthcare Chain.
Authorities across the globe recognize the value of sharing patient and remedy data across a network of expert medical practitioners. The concept of “tele-medicine” has been positively received in several geographies, with medical teams collaborating across digital networks –sharing patient data, radiology and exploratory test results. A Single Version of the Truth – SVOT – in order to enable health care practitioners to work in collaboration, across the Chain of Care (Care Chain) is a vision that is achievable through the combination of wireless, wired and network technologies.
PDF of Paul Strzelec’s Presentation on the increased visibility via RFID and data sharing, presented at Parallax Views 2005 (Banff).