Pharma Labeling Event to Address DSCSA and More
by Laura Johnson, on February 13, 2017
With the next deadline of the FDA’s Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) less than a year away, you would expect most pharmaceutical companies to be on target for compliance. It’s this November when all products must be marked with a National Drug Code (NDC), serial number, lot number and expiration date in both machine-readable and human-readable format. It is the FDA’s intention to create an electronic, interoperable system to track and trace all prescription drugs distributed across the US—from manufacturer to patients—with the end goal of protecting consumers from exposure to drugs that are counterfeit, stolen, contaminated, or otherwise harmful.Even with companies well on their way to implementing such a system, there are still some hurdles to overcome in pharmaceutical labeling. It’s a significant endeavor especially for larger companies when so many functional areas—packaging, manufacturing, distribution, labelling, artwork and IT—must work together to deliver a seamless, well-orchestrated system that meets the FDA's DSCSA requirements and keeps product moving swiftly through the supply chain.
Fortunately, there are events like the upcoming Pharma Packaging and Labeling East Coast conference taking place next week in Philadelphia, Feb. 22 – 23. Attracting a wide range of pharma and biotech companies across the country, this year’s show will address challenges and present solutions within the realm of packaging and labeling in the pharmaceutical industry.
Attendees typically range from key decision makers in packaging and labeling to heads of supply chain, manufacturing and product security. Drawing on over a decade of packaging and labeling proficiency, the Pharma Packaging and Labeling Conference delivers a platform for attendees to work together to solve the pressing industry and regulatory challenges like the DSCSA. With high-level presentations covering all areas within the varied and complex world of packaging and labeling, the event has grown to be one of the most influential in the industry.
Loftware will be there to discuss innovations in barcode software that are helping pharmaceutical companies not just comply with the FDA’s DSCSA and 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, but deliver measurable gains in supply chain efficiency. By integrating labeling tightly with SAP, Oracle and other enterprise applications, customers ensure label accuracy, keep up with changing requirements, and reduce operational costs. Working with our partner USDM Life Sciences, Loftware can also help pharmaceutical companies save significant time and costs when implementing a validated labeling solution.
If you are going to the event, please stop by the Loftware booth. You’ll learn that there is a strategic difference in how to approach evolving labeling requirements—and maintain a supply chain advantage. We’ll be happy to share how we’ve helped other pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Perrigo and Janssen.
For those who aren’t attending, we encourage you to check out a recent customer webinar “How Perrigo Optimizes Barcode Labeling Across its Supply Chain” where you’ll learn how this industry leader is able to centralize and streamline operations with SAP barcode label integration. You'll see how this solution enables Perrigo to adapt to changing label requirements while maintaining regulatory compliance.
And don’t hesitate to contact our pharmaceutical specialists to help turn your specific pharma barcode labeling challenges into real opportunities for you.