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Preventative Medicine - How Advances in Technology can Protect the Integrity of the Supply Chain

Countering the threat of biological terrorism, preventing the misdirection of drugs and stopping counterfeit goods entering the legitimate supply chain are currently some of the most important and pressing issues for the pharmaceutical industry.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to one in 10 of all the pharmaceuticals in the market today could be counterfeit, implying potentially lethal consequences for millions of consumers. A patient's return to health will be impaired if they do not receive the prescribed drugs for their particular illness or disorder. Worse still, if counterfeit drugs contain harmful agents, the health of patients could be damaged further. There is always the possibility that a patient may be allergic to the chemicals in a counterfeit drug. Participants in the pharmaceutical supply chain are now seriously reviewing their corporate strategies to ensure traceability, compliance, due diligence and risk mitigation can be delivered through their enterprise resource planning (ERP) based software business applications.

Manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals can further mitigate the risks posed by counterfeit goods entering the legitimate supply chain by introducing electronic forms of identification and authentication. Hospitals, dispensaries and pharmacies can utilise electronic authentication to ensure they only stock and administer genuine products, which comply with relevant government safety standards.


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By Bulent Osman, Sales Director at XKO

Bulent Osman joined XKO in July 2003 as Sales Director. A qualified Accountant, he has over 13 years of sales experience. Before joining XKO, Bulent was employed as the UK Managing Director for Savvion Solutions.

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