Volume 89 Issue 42 | pp. 30-32
Issue Date: October 17, 2011

A Sense of Urgency

Call for drug safety pushes the mundane art of supply chain management to the front burner
Department: Business
Keywords: FDA, active pharmaceutical ingredients, supply chain management, supply chain safety

Supply chain management is a procurement and distribution discipline that in most industries is considered, like total quality management, well established and highly routine. In the drug and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) sectors, however, supply chain management has become an urgent concern.

After a spate of drug supply adulteration cases, most prominently the heparin disaster of 2008 (C&EN, March 24, 2008, page 46), regulators in the West have moved to better police . . .

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