The control of every process as the key to excellence in the pharmaceutical logistics chain
Barcelona (May 26th). The new European Union guidelines on drug distribution have posed a major challenge for the pharmaceutical industry. This was the center of debate for the key industry professionals taking part in the drug logistics panel held in Barcelona last May 22nd at the Supply Chain Management Forum. The forum is part of global round tables regularly organized by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), which brings together 9,000 professionals from 67 countries.
Moderated by Ignasi Sayol, COO at CTC Externalización and executive member of the CSCMP in Spain, the forum was attended by M ª Carmen Martínez, Technical Director at Novaltia; Carlos Clemente, Manager at Disalfarm SA; Pere J. Vandellós, Manager at Inprous Logistics; and Marc Morral, Director of Supply Chain at Grupo Ferrer.
The panelists discussed their respective experiences in implementing new GDPs (Good Distribution Practices) that introduce new technical requirements. In their speeches, they delved into the challenges of managing a large number of references and formats. They also highlighted the critical importance of control in every step of the drug manufacturing process – from managing raw materials and distribution to the point of dispensing, to guarantee the quality and safety of medicines, and a fast and effective distribution to both hospitals and pharmacies.
The panel also featured a special presentation on the flexibilization of supply chain operations by Dr. David Simch-Levi, Professor of System Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of the most innovative experts in supply chain integrated management.
CTC Externalización is part of Grupo Stock Uno, Spain’s leading company in outsourcing of industrial services, logistics, sales management and operational marketing, for the industry, service companies and specialized sectors such as the pharmaceutical. With offices in Barcelona and Madrid, Spanish delegations in 12 other cities and national coverage, more than 7,000 Grupo employees serve multiple companies in different sectors, some of them listed in the Ibex 35.