Creating Digital Infrastructure
How are end-to-end supply chain management systems helping in the fight against counterfeits?
Shabbir Dahod | | Longer Read
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The pharmaceutical supply chain connects stakeholders from across the world in their shared goal of manufacturing effective medicines for patients. But the complex (and often international) transactions required to develop finished products provide counterfeiters with opportunities to infiltrate and introduce fake or falsified products. In emerging markets, where pharmaceutical supply chains and infrastructure may be frail, the problem is further exacerbated; in some countries, counterfeits account for 40–50 percent of available medicines (1). The consequence of this supply chain fragility is often death; many unwitting patients succumb to silent killers: falsified medicines with harmful or no therapeutic effects.
Manufacturers and other stakeholders are doing their best to mend these supply chain cracks. With serialization and traceability legislation in place across most countries, companies have the opportunity to improve end-to-end supply chain visibility and lessen the risk associated with counterfeit products. Although many companies have implemented or are implementing the technology to meet these laws, the timeframe for adoption varies across regions and implementation of software and solutions is at the discretion of individual companies.
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