Pharma Supply Chains: Contingency Planning Not Yet a Priority, Survey Says
On November 18, the shipping and logistics services company, UPS, released its seventh annual “Pain in the Chain” survey, which takes a look at pharma, biopharma and medical device supply chain management and best practices.
This year, 421 logistics executives from healthcare companies in 16 countries were surveyed, and another 15 executives in North America were interviewed for their insights into industry supply-chain-management challenges, areas of progress, and areas where improvement is needed.
Results suggest that the healthcare industry has improved product safety substantially since last year. This year, 20% more respondents described their work in this area as successful, compared to respondents in 2014’s survey. Their responses suggest that more pharma and healthcare companies are investing in serialization and barcoding technologies and the relevant IT required.