What is logistics and supply chain management?

Logistics and supply chain management (SCM) constitute a very important element of businesses. Getting the logistics and supply chain management aspects right is necessary for the smooth flow of products from their source to destination, during the course of which many activities need to be performed.

Logistics and supply chain management is emerging as a major area of business because of the evolution and growth of globalization. Many products and goods are produced in one country and consumed in another situated thousands of miles away. The right logistics and supply chain management helps to deliver the goods and products to the right person, at the right time, at the right place and in the right condition. Lack of proper logistics and supply chain management is a recipe for disaster.

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What is logistics and supply chain management?

 

Among the lay people, there is a tendency to use the two words synonymously and interchangeably. In trade, however, there are major differences between the two. Logistics is just a part of the supply chain. In simple, general and broad terms, one can understand the difference between logistics and supply chain in the following ways:

Logistics is a part of supply chain, meaning that it is a set of activities that are carried out within an organization. Supply chain, on the other hand, is the full set of activities that are carried out from start to finish, i.e., from the time it departs the organization that it is leaving till the time it reaches its logical destination. In this process, supply chain management involves the coordination and collaboration of many entities. In this sense, supply chain is a whole set of activities, of which logistics is only a part.

Another way of understanding logistics and supply chain management 

logistic-and-supply-chain-managementAnother way of understanding logistics and supply chain management is this:

Logistics can be understood as being a discipline in which the following activities are involved:

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On the other hand, supply chain management can be said to include more extended activities, which include:

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Logistics and its extended activitiesLogistics often is described in terms of inbound and outbound logistics. Simply put, inbound logistics is the movement of raw materials and goods that are bought by and transported into a company. When these are processed and finished and shipped to customers; they become part of outbound logistics.

Logistics and supply chain management in a broader contextWhen one tries to get an understanding of logistics and supply chain management at a higher or broader level in the way logistics has been described above; supply chain management can be understood as consisting of these elements:

logistic-and-supply-chain-managementA sound supply chain system seeks to create value for the organization by building and utilizing logistics infrastructure. Logistics and supply chain management become meaningful when the organization synergizes demand with supply, stock and supply and inventory management

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The FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 – a brief understanding

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The FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 is a landmark Act passed by the American Congress. A landmark legislation in that it instilled and reinforced the concept of free global trade; the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 removed the need for American pharma companies to obtain FDA approvals for the products that they export to select markets. Following the passage of the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act, American companies need to only get approval of the respective countries regulatory authorities.

One of the highlights of the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 is that it was one of the very few Acts that were put into effect almost immediately after being passed into law. This perhaps reflected the immediacy of the benefit the Act wanted to bestow on American companies.

The overriding highlight of this legislation is that it almost totally obviated the need for FDA approval for products that were being exported to a few select countries. American pharmaceutical companies saw this as a great concession that they got to export their products, as it completely helped them bypass the tedious FDA approval process.

The FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 allowed the following categories of non-FDA regulated products to be exported to any country of the world:

The Listed Countries

 

The FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 - a brief understanding 1Subject to marketing approval by the respective regulatory bodies of the 25 developed nations; American companies can market their products to what the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 considers “Listed Countries”:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland, and
  • The European Economic Area

Requirements of the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996The FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996 prescribes vastly liberalized general requirements which pharma companies need to adhere to in order to be able to export non-FDA approved medical products to the Listed Countries. The following core components have been greatly relaxed or exempted for export approval:

Requirement from receiving countriesFinally, the FDA Export Reform and Enhancement Act of 1996, upon the insistence of the Listed Countries, ruled that manufacturers who wanted to benefit from this legislation had to obtain clearance from the FDA that there were no regulatory or legal actions pending on these companies.

 

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Effective Complaint Handling Guidelines serve as a basis for improvements in medical devices

Effective Complaint Handling Guidelines serve as a basis for improvements in medical devices1Far from being frowned upon, complaints should serve as an opportunity for medical device manufacturers to understand the customer’s expectations better and lead to improvements in the product quality.

The FDA describes a complaint as “any written, electronic, or oral communication that alleges deficiencies related to the identity, quality, durability, reliability, safety, effectiveness, or performance of a device after it is released for distribution”.

FDA’s complaint handling guidelines are critical for ensuring that an organization maintains safety with regard to the medical devices they manufacture. Errors in medical devices can result in complaints, and improper handling of complaints can lead to problems for the patient, ranging from injury to fatality.

It is to prevent these problems that the FDA has issued complaint handling guidelines. FDA’s thinking is based on the reasoning that a complaint may be an indicator of serious safety, but implementing effective complaint handling guidelines can greatly mollify the gravity of the issue. It is also the first step to initiating new product development, which in turn has the potential to greatly reduce risks associated with noncompliance.

Regulations in place

Provisions relating to effective complaint handling provisions are contained in FDA 21 CFR Part 820 and GxP regulations.

Firstly, these complaint handling guidelines require medical device manufacturers to maintain complaint files. Manufacturers have to make this the first step towards establishing a sustainable complaint management system.

Secondly, Section 198 of Part 820 warrants the following:

effectiveComplaintHandlingGuidelinesThirdly, FDA 21 CFR Part 820 requires the manufacturer to establish and maintain procedures for the receipt, review, and evaluation of complaints.

What should records of investigation contain?

Records of investigation should contain the following:

  • Identifiers related to the device and reported event
  • If Medical Device Reporting is made, it should investigate the following:
    • Whether there were any specifications the device failed to meet
    • Whether it was for treatment or for diagnosis that the device was being used
    • In what way the device was related to the reported event, if applicable

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Business Process Management in Healthcare helps reduce inefficiencies

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For many years before the advent of automation and computerization ,healthcare processes, such as billing, admissions, and many elements of care were carried out manually. Although it was a capable method to quite an extent, it relied on the use of the manual process or the human method. This was always prone to mistakes and errors, because humans are prone to committing errors that can creep in even with the best of intentions, as a result of which the healthcare industry ended up losing billions of dollars that could otherwise have gone into meaningful forms of investment.

A result of technological developments

This is why Business Process Management (BPM) in Healthcare came into existence with the advent of and as a byproduct of automation. Business process management in healthcare is being considered a major step in helping healthcare settings reduce costs and inefficiencies. When a unit implements business process management in healthcare; there is an automatic reduction in errors and inefficiencies. Let us see how:

Impetus from the higher authorities

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There is now a general tendency and effort to push for automation in the healthcare industry. Even the American Congress has been aggressively pushing for reforms in the healthcare industry, a prime feature of which is fostering business process management in healthcare. Overall, BPM in healthcare is a means for improving efficiencies throughout the healthcare chain and bringing about greater integration and accountability through automation.

Core areas of business process management in healthcare

Business process management in healthcare is useful across the healthcare process chain, but is particularly so in at least there important areas:

Billing:This is one of the prime areas in which business process management in healthcare can make a huge difference. With complete automation of this critical area of business, healthcare units ensure that there is total coordination and traceability of the billing process.

Software:Apart from billing, another area in which business process management in healthcare helps tremendously is software. Software applications can bring about a huge change in the speed of operations. This area of BPM in healthcare reduces the need for human intervention at various stages of the business process.

Big data:Another of the areas in which business process management in healthcare holds huge promise is big data. Big data can help to make sense of various data used in healthcare administration and disease management across entire geographies. This makes the role of business process management in healthcare all the more meaningful and exciting.

 

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Digital Marketing for Pharmaceutical companies offers tremendous opportunities

There is enormous potential for digital marketing for pharmaceutical companies. Proper exploitation of the social media can take pharmaceutical companies to their market in a more pinpointed and accurate manner than traditional marketing.

Gone are the initial days of reluctance on the part of pharmaceutical companies to embrace social media as a powerful marketing medium. That was in the past, when the concept of social media was new, and regulations in the pharmaceutical industry had yet to catch up with explosive pace at which the social media grew.

More and more pharmaceutical companies are on the social media

Today, one is likely to see any pharmaceutical company worth its name being active on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to interact with its customers. Changes brought about by digital marketing in the pharmaceutical industry have seen companies like Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer being among the several majors associated with YouTube lately for creating and promoting their image. This is a result of the realization that social media can, far from being unconducive to the industry, can be quite amiable to it.

  • In a study in late 2014, the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that leading pharmaceutical companies spend up to a quarter of their marketing budgets on the social media
  • The study pointed out that the social media were as powerful and effective as EHRs and mobile applications as marketing tools, signaling a new dynamic for digital marketing in the pharmaceutical industry.

Social media as a key differentiator

The defining area in which the social media can be different and more effective than traditional marketing tactics for pharmaceutical companies is this: earlier methods such as trade conferences, promotions, gifting doctors for prescribing a company’s brands were effective, but were carried out outside the healthcare setting and in isolation of the patient. The reach and intervention of the social media has made digital marketing for pharmaceutical companies so much more effective that they can get right into the arena of treatment and be of assistance with valuable inputs and suggestions.

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Unravelling the DHF, Technical File and Design Dossier

Design History File (DHF), Technical File and Design Dossier are important regulatory documents for a medical device. Design Control and Design History File are regulatory documents for medical devices in the FDA, while the Technical File and Design Dossier serve the same purpose for the EU’s regulatory body, the MDD.

The Design History File

The history of the Design History File is an interesting one. It evolved out of the FDA’s realization, over time and experience; that the major part of a device’s problems was happening during the design stage and change phases, regardless of whether it was a new product or a changed one. This led to the birth of the concept of Design Control, aimed at tracking, monitoring and correcting the design elements at every stage from start to finish.

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Outstanding characteristics of the Design History File

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What should the Design History File contain?

The DHF should contain the following:

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Now, the Technical File and Design Dossier

In short and simple terms, one can understand the Technical File and the Design Dossier as the EU’s version of the Design Control and the DHF. In other words, what Design Control and Design History File are for the FDA; the Technical File and Medical Device (MDD) are for the Medical Device Directive.

What should the TF and DD contain?

These files should have all the basic sections needed to support the requirements of the Medical Device Directive (MDD), Essential Requirements (for that product), and the company’s “Declaration of Conformity” for that product:

  • General Information/Product Description/EC Authorized Representative
  • Classification Determination
  • Essential Requirements
  • Risk Analysis
  • Labeling
  • Product Specifications
  • Design Control
  • Clinical Evaluation
  • System Test Reports
  • Functional Bench Testing
  • Lab Testing
  • Sterilization validation (or AAMI TIR 28 Analysis)
  • Packaging Qualifications
  • Manufacturing
  • Sterilization
  • Conclusion
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Appendix

Differences between the Technical File and Design Dossier

At a broad level, in general terms, while the Technical File is for MDD Class I and Class II a or II b; the Design Dossier is for MDD Class III devices

While Technical Files are retained in the premises of the manufacturer or the Authorized Representative for review of the Competent Authorities or/and Notified Body; Design Dossiers need to be submitted to the Notified Body for review before the product gets its CE-marking.

 

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