Issue 20

Cloud-based computing and virtualisation software hold the key to truly integrated supply chain management. We check out the latest IT tools revolutionising the supply chain for pharmaceuticals.

We also find out how legislation changes could reverse drug shortages. We also look at the push for continuous temperature monitoring and how the industry can achieve more effective cold chains.

Moreover, we explore logistical problems faced by distributors moving sensitive drugs across the African continent, and look at the challenges of transporting emergency aid and healthcare to conflict zones in the Middle East.

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In this issue

Virtualising the Chain
As pharmaceutical supply networks become more complex traditional supply chain management tools struggle to keep up. We ask GT Nexus ‘s Greg Kefer and TraceLink ‘s Shabbir Dahod why the cloud is the only way forward.
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In Short Supply
As patents expire, Big Pharma is lacking the economic impetus to provide a constant supply of drugs to the western market. Pharma Technology Focus finds out how legislation changes could reverse drug shortages.
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On the Right Path
As the world becomes more globalised, new opportunities are appearing for the pharmaceutical sector, particularly in air cargo transportation, as international air transport association’s Andrea Gruber tells Pharma Technology Focus.
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Cool Runnings
A stable and secure cold chain is critical to ensuring the efficacy of pharmaceuticals. We investigate the push for continuous temperature monitoring and how pharma can strengthen its cold-chain efficiency.
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Battling Logistics
The logistical problems involved in transporting sensitive drugs across Africa’s harsh terrain are well documented. We ask Johannesburg-based Imperial Holdings about managing logistics in the region.
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Emerging Response
The situation in Syria has gone from bad to worse. Pharma Technology Focus asks MSF’s Dr Bart Jannssens how the millions of refugees are getting access to essential medical care.
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On the Move
Cargo theft in the healthcare industry has increased and even where actual incidence rates have dropped, the value of stolen goods has risen significantly. We investigate how cargo security can be improved.
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Next Issue Preview

With research funding being slashed across the board, could crowdfunding provide the extra cash needed to develop new treatments? In the next issue we discuss people power with the minds behind Curelauncher, a new clinical research crowdfunding platform in the US.

We also catch up with the clinical trial of the first HIV vaccine, find out how the researchers are manipulating naïve T-cells to study their crucial roles in fighting cancer and HIV, and investigate new breakthroughs in selective tumor targeting.

Moreover, we look at progress in inhalation technologies and what it could mean for respiratory disorders and systemic delivery, and ask how the industry’s quality control standards can be maintained in an outsourced world.

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