How to be Fast and Flexible

The biopharmaceutical sector is rapidly evolving – can your supply chain keep up?

By Prashant Yadav, Director of Healthcare Research at the William Davidson Institute, and faculty member of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, USA.

The biopharmaceutical industry is undergoing a striking transition. In developed markets, one-size-fits-all medicine is being replaced with higher-efficacy treatments for targeted populations. In emerging markets, a burgeoning middle class and larger public investments in healthcare infrastructure are resulting in rapid growth of the pharmaceutical sector. In some developed and emering markets, reimbursement lists favor domestically produced pharmaceuticals, making local manufacturing a requisite for market entry. Smaller target markets for each molecule; volatility in regulatory and political environment in emerging markets; and stronger payer influence in developed markets are resulting in more frequent changes in commercial decisions. All of these trends are stepping up pressure for speed, flexibility and reliability in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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