2019-03-13 | The Threat of the Gray Market is Real

No country is immune from the ravages of drug addiction, abuse and overdose. Last month, news broke of the rising number of deaths in Northern Ireland and the entire UK in general due to counterfeit Xanax which is indicative of this global epidemic. It doesn’t matter if a drug is legalized, prescription-only or not even for sale in a country. If there is a demand for it, it will be available by some channel. No software company, Systech included, is going to stop counterfeiters from...

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2019-01-07 | Systech UniSeries rises to the repackaging challenge

Drug repackagers face unique challenges under the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), driven by their distinctive position in the pharmaceutical supply chain. One major US drug repackager needed a solution with a wide breadth of features and comprehensive configurability to get in compliance with DQSA so they reached out to Systech for assistance.

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2018-12-03 | The Genie is Out of the Bottle ... My Thoughts on the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas

First, allow me to set the stage with some facts:

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2018-07-18 | Russia Flirts with A ‘Crypto Code’

A few months ago, the government of the Russian Federation adopted Order Number 791-r, which appears to have significance for pharma serialization there. The primary deviation from the pharma serialization specification that has dictated the government pilot in Russia since early 2017 is the addition of two new data elements to the datamatrix barcode on secondary packaging. For the pilot, the datamatrix barcode contained:

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2018-06-29 | Blockchain : Insanity or Genius?

Vincent Willem van Gogh is remembered as the quintessential tragic artist, having been relatively unsuccessful during his life and plagued by mental illness. While staring at the gardens out the window of the Saint-Paul asylum, could van Gogh even begin to comprehend the idea that some of his final works would be among his most famous and fetch prices upwards of $80M at auction? Could he even understand that his life, his techniques and body of work would be studied and treasured? Could he...

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2018-04-06 | Serialization and Line Validation – the Impacts

One of the often-forgotten facets of a pharmaceutical serialization project is the requirement to revalidate the packaging line and process during implementation.  If companies need to purchase and implement new equipment to accommodate serialization, revalidation is expected.  But, like many companies, if retrofitting of existing equipment takes place, validation may not be thought of early enough in the project.  In either case, you may end up in a rush to write and execute several...

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2018-03-23 | Blockchain is here, real, and ready for the Pharmaceutical supply chain

Blockchain, as a ­technology, has the potential to redefine how business is conducted. Its capacity to be a trusted and secure digital record or ledger has significant real-world applicability.  Many different industries are ripe for disruption including any industry involved in supply chain operations.  One industry that looks prime for the adoption of blockchain is pharmaceuticals.

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2017-10-20 | The Lexicon of Serialization: Terms You Need to Know

 

Serialization forms the new basis for the ongoing effort to secure the supply chain—most significantly the pharmaceutical supply chain, but also increasingly in other sectors. However, it is only the foundation on which other technologies are built to add this sought-after security. Serialization goes far beyond placing a number on a box.  These associated technologies, and the terms used to describe them, are explained here.

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2017-04-21 | Our View: Strengthening Supply Chain through Standardization

 Pharmaceutical serialization has been around since 2005, with Systech being the first vendor to deliver a solution. The market has grown, and international standards are still varied and complex. Implementations and data constructs vary from vendor to vendor. These factors provide several challenges to businesses' supply chains.

 

 

Efforts are underway to help standardize.

On April 13, 2017, Automation World Senior Editor, Stephanie Neil wrote an article “Strengthening Supply Chain.”  This...

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2017-04-18 | Serialization Total Cost of Ownership: What You May Be Missing When Evaluating Serialization Partners

By Stephen Lisa 

When implementing serialization, drug manufacturers and contract packagers need to be mindful of the complete costs. Serialization should be viewed as an enterprise solution, rather than a series of isolated local plant or packing line decisions. The initial costs include the direct costs of software, hardware, systems integrations and validation. Often underestimated, however, are the impact that serialization has on an existing IT infrastructure and the integration costs...

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