Who will own the data that supply chain trading partners store in some future cloud-based, semi-centralized Network Centric ePedigree (NCeP) data repository? I met one potential future repository service provider who seemed to think that they would own that data. Imagine their excitement. All the data about where drugs go throughout the supply chain! Think of the value they could mine from that.
Well, that’s never going to happen because companies in the supply chain won’t sign up for handing over all of their supply chain data to some third-party just so they can comply with regulations, especially when there exists an alternative approach that would allow them to avoid using a third-party and still comply (by using DPMS). And regulatory agencies are Continue reading Data Ownership In The Track & Trace Cloud→
Last week I attended the Enforcement Committee meeting of the California Board of Pharmacy. The value of attending these meetings is hard to extract. It helps to have a solid knowledge of the language of the pedigree law, understanding of the standards and technology being considered to meet it, and the history of how we got where we are today. Even with all that on your side it takes a lot of concentration during the meeting and after it is over to put it all into perspective and find the value.
At times like these I often think of an old movie from 1981 called “Modern Problems” which starred Chevy Chase as a hapless air traffic controller who faced problem after problem, some of which wouldn’t even have existed 20 years earlier. For some reason I can’t explain, I sometimes think of that movie when I’m about to click the “Publish” button on an essay. As soon as that button is clicked, my thoughts are instantly transmitted to the world (hundreds of people in the case of RxTrace) in a neat little package.
Almost immediately after clicking the Publish button on last Friday’s essay, “IBM Divests EPCIS and ePedigree Suite” I had thoughts of another possibility that IBM’s recent action might explain. Too late. My thoughts were already being read by people. A “modern problem”. Fortunately I can send this follow-up.
Trustplays a big role in today’s U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain. Patients trust that their doctors know what they are doing when they prescribe a medicine and they trust their pharmacist to fill their prescriptions with real medicines that were:
manufactured to tight quality specifications,
are well within the expiration date,
have not been tampered with,
have always been kept within recommended environmental tolerances,
and have been in the control of companies who have a strong interest in supply chain integrity and in the safety of the drugs within the supply chain.
When we receive our little amber bottles of repackaged drugs from our pharmacist, we aren’t given any way to check on any of those things ourselves. We trust that the pharmacy has done something to ensure all that. And fortunately in the U.S., we are almost always justified in that trust. We enjoy the safest supply chain in the world.
A WHOLE LOT O’ TRUSTIN’ GOIN’ ON
But, now if the pharmacy doesn’t get the drugs directly from the manufacturer, they trust that their wholesaler will supply them with drugs that have those characteristics too. And if the pharmacy’s wholesaler doesn’t get the drugs directly from the manufacturer, they trust that their wholesaler’s wholesaler provides them with drugs like that too. And if the pharmacy’s wholesaler’s wholesaler doesn’t get the drugs directly from the manufacturer, they trust that Continue reading Reliance on Trust in the U.S. Pharma Supply Chain→
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