Thursday, May 15, 2008

My Op-Ed: Securing the Supply Chain

Pharmalot, the Newark Star-Ledger’s outstanding online pharmaceutical industry news site, has just published my op-ed arguing that America’s approach to tracking finished drugs in the pharmaceutical supply chain needs a radical overhaul. You can read it here:

Securing America's Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Unlike the blog, this article is written for a general audience. Same great Drug Channels taste, but now with 82 percent less jargon!

I’d love to hear what you think, especially since the style is intentionally more accessible.


  1. AnonymousMay 15, 2008

    You nailed it! well done.

  2. AnonymousMay 15, 2008

    For fun, you should start a contest for everyone to read Schumer's press release from last week and list how many things are incorrect/incorrectly stated.

    Kinda like the 'what's wrong with this picture' game we used to play as kids.

  3. AnonymousMay 16, 2008

    Well said. Comparing to Fedex was a great idea.

    The politicians always have their special ax to grind so they will use the heparin story to their advantage, even if it is not correct.

    Keep giving the straight facts and it will prevail in the long run.

  4. AnonymousMay 16, 2008

    I would disagree on two particular points:
    1. "...the fact that today’s pharmaceutical supply chain is a national business."
    Actually, it is an INTERNATIONAL business.

    2. "A national track-and-trace system based on uniform standards will make us all safer."
    An INTERNATIONAL trace-and-trace sytem based on uniform standards will make us all safer.

  5. AnonymousMay 16, 2008

    Good editorial -- the california mess shows why we need at least national rules. But I agree with the last comment that what we really need is international standards. Products are being serialized in europe -- why do we need to invent a whole new standard? I am nervous about the politicians getting involved.