Supply Chain Risk Management

The growth and globalization of the pharmaceutical supply chain make risk assessment more important than ever for pharmaceutical manufacturers. The authors describe a program to identify, prioritize, mitigate, and communicate risks in manufacturer–supplier relationships.

 

supply chainThe global supply chain for the pharmaceutical industry has expanded during the past decade as companies have striven to be competitive and harness emerging technology. Foreign markets have emerged to offer lower costs for various products.

 

Many companies find managing global suppliers and product-quality issues to be challenging. Recent industry events such as the contamination of batches of heparin demonstrate that a lack of control in the global supply chain can lead to patient harm and death, product recalls, loss of integrity, and significant financial liability for a company.

 

Current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations state that companies that design and manufacture pharmaceutical products must ensure that all components, raw materials, and product from suppliers meet predetermined specifications and that suppliers and their operations are in a state of control.

 

In today’s climate, companies should use a risk management program to assess their suppliers’ ability to provide material suitable for the manufacture of medicinal products. A risk-management program should help companies evaluate and control supplier quality and quality of the supply chain. The US Food and Drug Administration’s Pharmaceutical CGMPs for the 21st Century initiative is intended to enhance and modernize the regulation of pharmaceutical manufacturing and product quality. Its goal is to bring the pharmaceutical industry in line with the risk-management activities the medical-device industry uses to reduce patient and business risk.

 

FDA’s expectations are outlined in the International Conference on Harmonization guidelines (Q7, Q8, Q9, and Q10). Several key elements can help control and limit risk throughout a global supply chain. These articles discuss risk prioritization, risk assessment, risk control, risk communication, and risk review in greater detail.

 
 

About the Article:

 
 
Pharmaceutical Technology 
Volume 2008 Supplement, Issue 5
Susan J. Schniepp

Complete article published in PharmTech.

 

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