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Supply Chain/Logistics
Meanwhile, for a couple years now, Systech, which offers the
UniSeries for Level 1-4 serialization and data communications,
has also been marketing UniSecure, a method of authenticating
labels by means of the minute discrepancies from one label to
another as they are printed. The patented technology has had
some takeup in consumer packaged goods, the company says,
and pharma interest is rising.
A third option comes from Schreiner MediPharm, which
produces labels and other attachments, typically for vials
or syringes used in healthcare settings, as well as labels for
conventional drug cartons. The new Booklet-Label offering
combines necessary product identification with three levels
of security: a recorded random pattern integrated into the
physical label, which can be detected with appropriate software
(and a smartphone) but which is invisible to reproduction
efforts; the KeySecure tracing system, employing a unique
serial identifier and an integrated RFID chip, is also detectable
with near-field capable smartphones. This label combines the
security features with tamper evidence-another component
of the EU's FMD mandate.
Finally, Applied DNA Sciences, which has devised a
method to mass-produce DNA-like chemical signatures,
which can then be incorporated into printing inks (or even
onto drug tablets themselves), is renewing marketing efforts
to the pharma industry for its technology, which has already
gained some acceptance in the textile industry.
Security inks, holograms, covert codes or patterns have
traditionally been used in document authentication for
years; the technology is fairly advanced (just look at any
modernized paper currency to see its use). For the pharma
industry, the problem has rarely been the slight added cost

of the security measure,
but the communications
infrastructure to perform
field verifications and derive
value from it. Higher cost
pharma products are easy to
justify; generic or lower-cost
branded products, less so.

Cargo security
Supply chain managers
have been intensively focused
on the impact of traceability
on their distribution
channels, but at the same
time, they cannot overlook
the importance of basic theft
or diversion protection of
their shipments, regardless
Fig. 4. The GS1-defined Global Trade Item Number-14
of the channel. Trucking
companies have been waging
a longstanding counteroffensive against hijacking and other hospitals. "Everyone thought this was a major problem," he
on-the-road risks. "Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain takes says, "but in reality, out of the tens of thousands of deliveries
a strategic and holistic, end-to-end approach to identifying, made annually, only 60 were identified in the past year." It's a
managing and mitigating the risk," says George Harry, concern, and there are useful steps to prevent such incidents,
director of North American Transportation at J&J. "In terms but it's hard to contemplate how to drive the incidence lower.
of cargo security, for example, J&J has a multi-layered, riskMeanwhile, PCSC is now looking into another aspect of
based approach that includes covert GPS application, route cargo security-pilferage that can occur in logistics facilities
geo-fencing, third-party active monitoring, and other pick- or vehicles. One pattern that has emerged is that the problem
up security controls that are used in our supply chain to increases around the time of holidays-typically when major
protect our most important and most valuable shipments."
logistics providers expand their temporary workforce. The
An industr y group, the assumption is that these workers are less vested in obeying
Pharmaceutical Cargo Security the law. One countermeasure is to reduce the amount of
Coalition (PCSC), has been identification on shipping packages that identify its contents
aggressively advancing the as pharmaceuticals; for example, using an acronym rather
state of the art in this regard; than a full company name. There are always reasons to be
the field was energized after vigilant with pharmaceutical cargo security.
the infamous theft of tens
Internationally, the cargo security question is much more
of millions of dollars' worth complex, with dramatic thefts of shipments occurring in
of products from an Eli Lilly South America, parts of Europe and the rest of the world. For
warehouse in Enfield, CT in local issues, the industry is dependent on law enforcement
2010.
in each region; for international trade itself, there is a
Chuck Forsaith, executive benefit to be had from participation in the Customs-Trade
director of the group, says that Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), set up originally
at least as regards US cargo by the Customs offices of the US, and now part of the Dept.
security, the problem has of Homeland Security. Forsaith is on an industry advisory
nearly vanished in trucking committee interacting with Customs and Border Patrol on
theft; a handful of incidents updating C-TPAT standards. While they were originally set
were recorded in 2016 by the up to protect against terrorist acts (by requiring inspection of
group. More recently, it has packages prior to going onto planes or ships), the site security
looked into the problem of and other provisions also provide overall cargo security.
"last mile" theft-the vans or Pharma companies have been enthusiastic partners of the
trucks that take drug product voluntary program, with many pharma companies (and the
from distribution centers for logistics providers they work with) achieving Tier 3 status, the
Fig. 5. HDA's vision of resolving GTIN-14 data
delivery to local pharmacies or highest level of security.

Active shipping containers are transforming ground-based
cold chain shipping
Pallet-size, powered containers provide more options for less-than-truckload shipping
By Foster McDonald, Cold Box Express

Meeting the
growing requirements
for economical, safe
and documented
temperature-controlled
shipping solutions
is among the most

difficult challenges facing pharmaceutical
suppliers and their 3PLs today. Small,
less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments
of valuable biomedical materials pose
a difficult and specific challenge, as
shippers find dedicated refrigerated-truck
("reefer") options expensive and lacking

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proper tracking and reporting services.
Reefers or related powered refrigeration
units are known in the industry as "active"
containers; the more typical shipping
option is a "passive" container consisting
of layers of insulation and a source of cold
such as chilled gel packs. Passive solutions

for pallet-sized shipments are cumbersome
and time-consuming, and often fail
to achieve appropriate reliability and
reporting goals.
A growing number of shippers are
turning to active, self-powered shipping
co n t a i n e r s t h a t p rov i d e i n te l l i g e n t


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