posts tagged with Medical

Risky Business

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This year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report titled “Pharmaceutical cGMPs for the 21st Century: A Risk-Based Approach” (cGMP stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practices). The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the equivalent of the FDA in the United Kingdom, has long adopted a risk-based inspection strategy. A risk corresponds to the possibility that a function, a procedure or a product does not perform as expected. Risk management programs consist of activities and actions to control risks. References on risk management for the healthcare industry are widely available...

FedEx Qualified!

direction1.jpg.jpeg Healthcare shippers, including pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device, equipment and diagnostics companies carefully select their transportation providers. Obviously, pricing, reputation, reliability, expertise and infrastructure have always played an important role in selection decisions.

In the last couple of years, however, many healthcare companies have established tighter internal procedures for assessing their vendors, including suppliers of services. Among quality professionals this assessment is known as “qualifying vendors”. Despite continued restructuring efforts in the healthcare industry, quality departments across the United States have experienced rapid growth due to the increasing importance of quality issues.

Direct Relief…When You Need It Most

Sensaware_TornadoRelief_May13 050-sm.jpg ...Nowhere was this relationship more on display than in the aftermath of the tornado that recently devastated Moore, Oklahoma. Direct Relief promptly jumped into action and, as the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medication in Oklahoma and all other U.S. states, knew that they had to transport needed medications and vaccines into the area quickly, safely and securely.

Many of these specific medications are temperature-sensitive and require specialized cold-chain handling in transit. So, in order to ensure that these commodities were secure from both theft and extreme temperatures, Direct Relief used our SenseAware service offering to manage and monitor this precious cargo en route...

The Economy of Health Care: Why Breakthroughs in Medicine Create Growing Demand

ACC_033.jpg How old is the oldest person you know personally? 80? 90? 100?

These numbers are well within reach given today’s life expectancy. Had I asked the same question in 1913 instead of 2013, the answers may have been more like 50 or 55. The average life expectancy continues to rise, and with it, new trends in the global health care industry.

The Great Recession showed us that the health care industry could stand up to the sharp economic downturn. While sales of health care supplies and equipment still faced economic decline—about three percent— the industry fared much better than others included in the S&P 500, many of which saw business decline 20 percent.

FedEx and Generic Drugs: Connecting Global Manufacturers to Consumer Markets

healthcare-blog-photo.jpg We have all heard of generic drugs and realize that they are much cheaper than the original brand name products. As a matter of fact, many pharmaceutical blockbusters already face or are about to face competition with the release of alternative generic products in the next few years. Articles mentioning this “patent cliff” appear regularly in magazines and newspapers...