Category Archives: Conferences

Sponsored: Bio/Pharma Serialization and Traceability Summit 2017

Back on June 30, 2017, the U.S. FDA extended the product identifier requirements under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) to November 26, 2018 due to insufficient industry readiness.  This gives the industry an extra full year to make sure their solutions are fully integrated and tested.  Are you ready?  Are you done?  Even those who would have been ready this November are likely to have more to do to make sure their start-ups go smoothly.  What about your European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) strategy?  That’s right around the corner too. Continue reading Sponsored: Bio/Pharma Serialization and Traceability Summit 2017

Sponsored: Don’t Miss These Back-To-Back Pharma Serialization and Tracing Events

There is a rare alignment of events that will happen in the first week of December that is so special that you need to put it on your calendar.  There are two important pharma serialization events that will occur in the Washington DC area and anyone with a serious interest in that subject should attend both.  These events line up perfectly to allow you to travel once, and spend four days that will solidify your understanding of the issues and opportunities embedded within the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in particular, and pharma serialization in general. Continue reading Sponsored: Don’t Miss These Back-To-Back Pharma Serialization and Tracing Events

Sponsored: Interview With Two Pharma Supply Chain Thought Leaders

iqpc-nov16-336x280The 4th Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum will occur on November 30 through December 2 in Philadelphia.  Two of the top speakers will be Matt Sample, Senior Director, Secure Supply Chain from AmerisouceBergen, one of the “Big-3” wholesale distributors in the United States, and Christopher Howell, Senior Director, Global Engineering and Technology from Patheon, one of the largest pharma contract manufacturers in the U.S..  Recently, IQPC conducted an interview of both of these supply chain thought leaders.  Get a copy of the interviews here. Continue reading Sponsored: Interview With Two Pharma Supply Chain Thought Leaders

Sponsored: Tracking Serialization: 2016 Pharma Trace Market Trends

Tracking Serialization titleDo you know what situation your peers’ businesses are in, and what they’re working to?  To find out just that, IQPC polled their network of pharmaceutical serialization professionals and got responses from representatives of over 20 companies.

The results?  Most find data storage and management to be their biggest issue, citing ERP systems as some of their biggest investments in 2016 and going forward.  It follows that over 50% of those we polled are either implementing their strategies in multiple sites or already done and thinking beyond compliance.

IQPC also asked about their biggest inhibitors, their current and future budgets, and their experience with international compliance.  If you want to find out what your peers think about these topics, you can download the survey report, or meet them on-site at the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, May 23 – 25 in Philadelphia.  Use the discount code PT_RXTRACE to get 20% off the standard price! Continue reading Sponsored: Tracking Serialization: 2016 Pharma Trace Market Trends

2014 Fall Conference Season Preview

ConferenceIt is time to look at the better healthcare supply chain conferences coming up this fall.  This year the focus will be on the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and the Unique Device Identification (UDI) final rule implementations.  For the DSCSA I think we will see presentations aimed at both the immediate 2015 data exchange requirements and those aimed at the 2017 serialization requirements, but I also expect to see presentations aimed at “second generation” data exchange—those based on GS1’s recently updated Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard.  After meeting the initial data exchange requirements for Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH) and Transaction Statements (TS) in January, companies will need to begin preparing for the second generation using EPCIS (see “DQSA: Getting To Electronic Transaction Data Exchange”).  That transition will likely occur over the next three years. Continue reading 2014 Fall Conference Season Preview

Fall Conference Season Preview

ConferenceI am a fan of attending conferences because, in addition to hearing thought-provoking presentations by knowledgeable speakers, you get to connect with the other attendees to learn what they are doing and thinking.  That’s why it is so important to select the right conferences.  Your goal should be to find the conferences that attract the best attendees so that you have the opportunity to make new connections and get updates from your existing ones.  Of course, the speakers Continue reading Fall Conference Season Preview

How To Maximize The ROI Of Attending A Conference

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling in the last few months since I left Cardinal Health.  Right now my wife and I are just finishing up a visit to Culver City, CA where we arrived just in time for the birth of our first grandchild.  This was a non-business trip, of course, but all of my other recent travels have been to attend conferences or public meetings of one kind or another.

One of the ways I maximize the return on investment (ROI) of attending conferences is to take lots of notes and then publish internally an analysis of the things that I thought had some important significance to my company.  This technique has resulted in a searchable record of my impressions of every speaker and networking contact that struck me for any reason in almost every Continue reading How To Maximize The ROI Of Attending A Conference