As we exit past the ‘surprise and shock’ phase of Covid-19, there will be several factors to be monitored as new regulations, medicines and tracking requirements are discussed during the shift of the pandemic towards improved treatments and potential vaccines. Some states are showing a decline of cases and others areas with a more dense population are still heavily impacted as doctors and nurses travel in from other areas to help relieve fatigued health care workers and clinicians. Other industries have changed their focus to help aid efforts such as automobile factories shifting production to make face shields and even spirit distilleries making hand sanitizer. It is clear that this pandemic will have not only a great impact on health care but also many suppliers in various industries.
One way to help with these changes is serialization. World Pharma Today sums up serialization as “a process in which a unique number is assigned and marked directly on a product or its packaging – typically achieved through barcoding technology. Serialization promotes item-level traceability and represents a departure from normal manufacturing processes whereby products are assigned to batches and lots. The theory behind serialization is that by assigning unique serial numbers to each product and introducing scanning at various points in the supply chain, the potential for counterfeit products to get through undetected is substantially reduced.”
A few trends that we feel will be important to pay attention to as we move forward towards a new era of products and packaging and how serialization come into play:
- The authentication of medication: While there is much discussion and research towards a Covid-19 vaccine, medications to help treat side effects are just as important. This is especially true because of the great need of clinical treatments in demand and the amount of financial gain that counterfeit producers could potentially earn. Having a very efficient serialization process helps to keep the medicines secure and untampered.
- Food Supply packaging moving forward: Not only has the food supply been in high demand but the industry as a whole has been forced to adapt to a direct to consumer model. While some farmers are hurting because they have no way to get the food into the hands of customers directly, others, such as meat farmers, are able to sell out for weeks at a time.
- Medical Device production & supply: Health care supplies have been in high demand since the beginning of the pandemic. We believe that there will be more standardized equipment plans even beyond medical facilities if a situation like this were to ever arise again. More regulation, protocols and a higher demand means that errors will need to be reduced and tracking improved.
Achieving the goals of your company’s overall manufacturing and go to market strategy while maintaining compliance not only in times of need but every day is critical. RemTech’s serialization difference is the unique combination of technical services to address the understanding of the requirements, the compliance and regulatory expertise to develop an implementable strategy that meets compliance requirements and margin protection along with the project management skills to implement, validate and train on a safe, compliant, cost-effective solution. RemTech decreases downtime, increases productivity, reduces costs, provides better results and stable compliance and is a leader in serialization. We would like the opportunity to discuss further with you and your team on how we can help prepare you for the future. → Contact Us
Now, more than ever, serialization and packaging are at the forefront of the COVID-19 epidemic. With the world’s best scientists rapidly working on developing a vaccination and treatment plan for this deadly virus, a large majority of the population are staying confined to their homes and shortages in grocery outlets are becoming normalized. The packaging and tracking of products will be absolutely crucial to the distribution chain during this time. Below are a few key elements that will directly impact the disease mitigation to society in relation to serialization.
- Tracking of healing medicine: If a vaccine or treatment medication is developed, it will be imperative that it is shipped, tracked and delivered as efficiently as possible. Proven serialization methods should be implemented to help manage the entire lifespan of the product from creation to ingestion. Not only will this impact the economic footprint of the drug but even more importantly, it will ensure the delivery process to the patients that are needing it most.
- Distribution of food supply: It is not uncommon to find grocery outlets (storefront and online retailers alike) to have shortages of daily staples such as toiletry products, foods such as beans, rice and pasta, and cleaning products. Serialization methods can help the supply chain to track real-time inventory so that those that are in need can have access to these important products.
- Conservation of packaging: When a global epidemic causes such a shift in balance affecting normal routines for millions of people, it can bring out so much positive comradery but unfortunately, also negative reactions. These negative reactions include counterfeiters and those who would be willing to take advantage of people in a time of need. Now more than ever, packaging of medicines and food supply need to maintain the highest quality packaging so that the integrity of items are not jeopardized.
Through any kind of situation that affects so many lives in such a short period of time, strengths and weaknesses of an organization are exposed. If your company is in the pharmaceutical, food supply or medical device industries, you could particularly be feeling an extreme amount of organizational stress relating to serialization and keeping things on track. As the leaders in strategic serialization implementation, RemTech can help decrease downtime, increase productivity, reduce costs, providing better results and stabilizing compliance.
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