RFID is DEAD…at Unit-Level in Pharma

That’s right.  And it comes from an economic reality that was evident even six years ago.  That was when a small group of people with various pharmaceutical supply chain backgrounds had an informal discussion of the relative costs and impacts that each of the three primary business segments in the supply chain would face in a … Continue reading RFID is DEAD…at Unit-Level in Pharma

So a customer demands that you use GLN’s and GTIN’s. What next?

In the healthcare supply chain a significant number of hospital group purchasing organizations (GPO’s) have stipulated, to varying degrees, that their suppliers begin making use of GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLN’s) in all of their trade with their member hospitals by the end of 2010 (Sunrise 2010) and GS1 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN’s) by … Continue reading So a customer demands that you use GLN’s and GTIN’s. What next?

Supply Chain Data Synchronization and Patient Safety

Does the supply chain itself make any contribution to patient safety?  The legitimate pharmaceutical supply chain is that complex web of companies that move drugs from the manufacturers to the pharmacies that dispense them to patients.  The supply chain always includes both of those end points (manufacturer and pharmacy) and, in the U.S., normally also includes at … Continue reading Supply Chain Data Synchronization and Patient Safety

Charles “Chuck” Schramek (1945 – 2010)

Chuck Schramek passed away on January 9 after losing his battle with cancer.  See his obituary here.  As I understand it, he spent most of his career working in IT at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson company, eventually serving in the role of  Executive Director of Information Architecture for J&J.   He spent the last few years of his career as … Continue reading Charles “Chuck” Schramek (1945 – 2010)

FAQ’s

Q1.  Who do you work for? A1.  I am currently seeking employment or consulting work. Q2.  Are you a consultant for hire? A2.  Yes!  You can contact me through the “Contact Dirk” page. Q3.  Why are you writing this blog? A3.  I really enjoy writing (perhaps too much, given the length of my essays) and … Continue reading FAQ’s

About

Dirk Rodgers is a independent consultant, focusing on healthcare supply chains. Previously he worked as a Regulatory Strategist for Systech International, and as a Sr. Consultant for Cardinal Health, a large healthcare distributor, where he focused on addressing serialization and ePedigree regulations. For a time Dirk interrupted his employment at Cardinal Health to work as … Continue reading About

Who owns supply chain visibility data?

Who owns supply chain visibility data? Does the manufacturer of a product retain any rights to track that product after it enters the supply chain? What if the product is a pharmaceutical and it is found to have a life-threatening defect? Should technology or standards availability play any role in answering these questions? These kinds … Continue reading Who owns supply chain visibility data?

Use of GLN and GTIN for Pedigree Regulatory Compliance

I am fortunate to have so many friends and colleagues who work in end-user and solution provider companies and who are impacted by the issues I cover in my blog. After each post I often exchange emails and phone calls with some of them and we discuss/debate what I’ve written about. These are great conversations … Continue reading Use of GLN and GTIN for Pedigree Regulatory Compliance