Pharma Technology Focus - Issue 8

In this issue we look at securing supply chains and optimising logistics.


No pharmaceutical company can operate without a network of suppliers and partners looking after different parts of the supply chain. But while these often massive and complex networks are essential for operations to run smoothly, the collapse of any one area can have disastrous consequences for the entire chain and, in the worst case, lead to a shortage of supplies.

In this issue we explore how the industry can secure a steady flow of supplies, while improving efficiency in logistics and keeping costs low.

We ask members of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative about their collaborative approach to self-regulation in the supply chain and investigate why transparency and risk management are essential in outsourcing to avoid problems while leaving the door open for unexpected opportunities. We also look at an award-winning horizontal collaboration for pharma freight that sets out to improve logistical efficiency, and find out how a WHO project aims to take vaccines beyond the cold chain to open up stronger delivery networks in developing countries.

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A Healthy Supply Chain

In 2006, 14 pharma companies united to monitor standards in the supply chain, especially in the developing world. We speak to Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative organiser Mark Little about implementing a collaborative, industry-led approach to supply chain regulation.
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No Risk, No Reward

Pharmaceutical companies now rely heavily on contractors, but the industry is still relatively new to the world of outsourcing. We find out why transparency and risk management are essential to avoiding unnecessary risks while taking advantage of unexpected opportunities.
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Carpooling for Cargo

One in four goods vehicles in the EU is running empty, creating substantial supply chain inefficiencies. We find out about UCB and Tri-Vizor's award-winning Carpooling for Cargo initiative, set to improve logistical efficiency across the temperature-controlled pharma supply chain.
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Best Laid Plans

From securing a robust supply chain to encountering different comparator drug formulations, there are a swathe of variables to consider when conducting pharmaceutical research. But what is the best way to overcome such obstacles? We ask H Lundbeck's Dorthe Lerche Berg what strategies are needed to ensure a successful comparator drugs trial.
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Play it Cool

With logistics systems in emerging nations lagging behind, drugs and vaccines are not always being delivered in best condition and in the quantities needed. We ask John Lloyd of Project Optimize about the initiatives underway to change this.
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Next Issue: The Future of Drug Delivery

From nanotechnology to ingestible microchips that can transmit dosage data via mobile devices, innovative technologies are emerging in many areas of drug delivery.

Next month we profile some of the most exciting new systems available now, as well as promising research into future drug delivery methods. We find out how, by working on a nano-scale, researchers can deliver therapeutic molecules into a patient's infected cells, and look at the most sophisticated injectable depot systems for sustained-release drugs.

We also explore new methods to improve the bioavailability of poorly soluble and permeable medicines, as well as taking a look at leading technologies in the growing sector of self-injection systems.

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