On Friday after 5pm I received a call from a potential consulting client. At least I thought that’s what they were. It turned out, it was a headhunter looking for warm bodies to work on serialization and pedigree projects to fill a quota he has from the consulting arm of one of the big-4 accounting firms. The people he’s looking for would probably work on projects under the direction of one of their long-term senior consultants. I’m not looking for that kind of opportunity.
My impression is that this is a sign that we are entering the “Y2K” phase of the California E-pedigree deadlines. That is, it is time for lots of “staff augmentation” companies to staff-up to offer “expertise” in droves. Continue reading E-Pedigree Vendor Selection→
The February issue of Healthcare Packaging Magazineis out today in digital form and it contains my first contribution as Contributing Editor in my regular column called…wait for it…RxTrace! Check it out here and let me know what you think. Subscribers of the print magazine should receive their copy in the mail soon. This will expose my ideas to an even wider audience and to more traditional readers.
I’ve been reading the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report called “Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs” that was published last week. At 360 pages, it is quite literally a book, and you can buy it that way. But they also allow you to download the “Pre-publication Copy: Uncorrected Proofs” version in a 300 page PDF for free. I’m not sure why they would post uncorrected proofs rather than the final document on their site but I assume the text is in its final edited form and only the formatting might be different between the book and the PDF. I hope so anyway.
It is illegal to import drugs that are not approved by the FDA for sale and use in the U.S., and so even if the drug had not turned out to be a counterfeit version, this would have still been a crime. It makes me wonder if the reason this case came to light was because the drug name on the package was clearly not approved here. What if the counterfeit drug had been Continue reading InBrief: Illegally Imported Drugs Found To Be Counterfeit…Again→
At their 100th annual meeting this week, the National Conference of Pharmaceutical Organizations (NCPO) resolved that their member organizations will work together to help further secure the pharmaceutical supply chain. The 101 year old organization is composed of major pharmaceutical industry associations from each primary segment:
…a comprehensive exploration of the intersection between healthcare supply chains, track and trace technology, standards and global regulatory compliance
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