meeting for packaging industry

However most pharmaceutical producers have been primed on standard serialization timelines and anticipations, there are numerous serialization troubles unique to deal manufacturing businesses (CMOs).
Because CMOs are services providers to pharma organizations, the traces involving the two events are blurred in conditions of economic and info administration responsibilities. In the curiosity of strengthening knowing throughout the industry, Optel Vision and Offer Chain Wizard LLC hosted a 1st-of-its-type Serialization Roundtable for CMOs in Philadelphia.

The celebration was designed to introduce CMOs to readily available IT systems, very best procedures, economic suggestions and classes learned. More than 100 attendees symbolizing 65 CMOs, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and suppliers, which includes Novartis, Mylan, Domino Amjet and Apace Packaging, satisfied to pay attention to academic shows and participate in roundtable discussions to encourage conversation across the marketplace.
Keynote speeches by Teva’s Vivian McCain and Par Pharmaceutical’s Aladin Alkhawam emphasized the want for velocity as the November 2017 deadline techniques, as nicely as the problems they face in working with CMOs and applying serialization throughout many web sites, respectively.

McCain candidly spoke of what would make a CMO stand out, which includes proactive interaction with producers, conveying, “When CMOs attain out, it sends a robust concept.” He also introduced up the elephant in the room—Who must fork out for serialization implementation?—and recommended that CMOs issue in time for performance losses on implementation.

Alkhawam’s challenge mitigation suggestions provided partnering with consultants to fill gaps in means and maximizing performance across traces as a lot as doable by standardizing documentation like purposeful and design and style specs, and then rolling them out to specific sites.


The unanimous crowd favorite was the roundtable dialogue area facilitated by leaders from Teva, Apotex, Actavis, Par, and Offer Chain Wizard. Attendees have been damaged out into little groups and assigned one particular of 9 subjects to go over, like IT connectivity, grasp knowledge management, and CMO serialization readiness. The multi-disciplinary teams worked through lists of questions, with facilitators presenting the essential speaking details at the shut of the function.

Men and women of different serialization readiness felt the roundtables ended up a wonderful way to voice issues and lessons figured out, and work with each other in groups of producers, CMOs and suppliers. Just one attendee who has lately started serialization endeavours remarked, “I considered the function was excellent. It was fantastic to see competition come alongside one another and share ideas. That’s not something you see each working day, opponents helping each other resolve troubles.”

Presentation functions

Polices: Priya Gopal, Senior Advisor at Source Chain Wizard, cleared up some requirement ambiguities in the U.S. legislation, and described the professionals and drawbacks of introducing aggregation now (which is not a need until eventually 2023). In addition to some world wide demands and improved visibility, “It will help with recalls and returns, but how properly your specialized functions workforce is related to your trade functions group will govern how critical it is to include now.”


Strategy: Source Chain Wizard CEO Evren Ozkaya made a going speech about the spirit of regulation in promoting affected person protection, and discovered the positive aspects of the unprecedented visibility that serialization delivers. “How you flip this chance into option is up to you.”

Packaging and Funding: Optel Vision’s JP Allard talked about the devices issues distinct to CMOs who must offer, label and combination a number of packaging sizes for different consumers. Optel Eyesight CEO Louis Roy empathized with CMOs who are tasked with investing in expensive implementation, for which they will not earnings for many several years and offered prospective phase-by-action alternatives as properly as financing tips.

IT Connectivity: Burak Tiftikci, Running Companion, Offer Chain Wizard get rid of mild on the key exchange information and the ways that CMOs can link with shoppers. He advocated for early involvement of the IT workforce, together with substantial teaching so that they can take care of issues once lines are running.

Optel Eyesight and Source Chain Wizard are foremost an energy to foster collaboration across the industry in the confront of regulatory demands and safety issues, and presently have options for the 2nd Serialization Roundtable for CMOs in Frankfurt on February 4, 2016