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Supply Chain/Logistics
Woodfield Distribution offers 3PL-based DSCSA compliance services
More serialization options, especially for low-volume pharma manufacturers struggling with the November 2017 deadline
Wo o d f i e l d D i s t r i b u t i o n h a s a
growing business as a third-party logistics
provider (3PL) for pharma manufacturers,
operating out of an expanded distribution
center in Boca Raton, FL. Now, in what
it says is a first for the pharma industry,
the facility can also provide serialization
services to meet the November 2017
deadline for compliance with the Drug
Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA),
which, among many other things, requires
a unique serial code on each package of
commercially distributed product after
that date. While most major manufacturers
are well along with their serialization
programs, smaller manufacturers with
either a limited number of products, or a
product volume too small to economically
justify installing a DSCSA-compliant
packaging line, now have another option.
Many of these smaller manufacturers
typically work with a contract
manufacturing organization (CMO) to
handle packaging and serialization, but
that can present operational problems,
says Larry Hotz, marketing manager at
Woodfield. "The brand owner is ultimately
responsible for the disposition of the
serial codes, and to convey those codes
to trading partners," he says. "Unless the
CMO and brand owner have worked this
out carefully, DSCSA compliance will be
a multistep, overly complicated process."
Hotz says that Woodfield has chosen
TraceLink as its serialization-management
solution, and will set up a cloud-based data
repository under the control of the brand
owner. In effect, Woodfield is not only
providing serialization, but also managing
the trading-partner data transfers that
will be part of later DSCSA compliance
requirements.

Woodfield Distribution has a sister
company, Woodfield Pharmaceutical, that
is a full-blown CMO, and has an installed
serialization system in place. That CMO
competes with many other CMOs in
providing packaging and serialization

services; the company can package plastic
and glass bottles; nasal spray devices and
tubes; and provide secondary cartoning,
tray and shrink-w rap packaging. By
incorporating a serialization service in the
3PL part of the company, Woodfield hopes

to provide a more flexible option for its
distribution clients. Most of Woodfield's
current business is in US 3PL services,
but Hotz says that the company is looking
ahead to providing its service to exporters
from the US as well.

Besse Medical
acquires Podis
Managing physician office
drug inventory
Besse Medical, a unit of
AmerisourceBergen, is adding Physician
Office Drug Inventory System (Podis), a
provider of cloud-based inventory and
billing reconciliation. Purchase price was
not disclosed.
The Podis system uses barcoding to
track inventory, and provides an "integrated
order-to-reimbursement" capability to
physician offices. Product enhancements
are planned. Besse Medical will continue to
offer and invest in its CubixxMD product, a
cloud-based solution that allows practices
to manage inventor y from multiple
locations including desktop computers,
mobile devices or medical-grade, RFIDenabled refrigerator cabinets.
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