Distribution Methods for Pharmaceuticals, Pt. 2: Cold Chain Best Practices

Part 1 in our series on pharmaceutical distribution outlined a big picture overview of the current (but ever-changing) model of the pharma cold chain. In this post, we dive further into the Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) recommended to guarantee supply chain safety and security of medications as they move from manufacturer to patient. Because prescription drugs have become more expensive and specialized, the...

Written by Garret Weigel | April 10, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Supply Chain

Distribution Methods for Pharmaceuticals, Pt. 1: Overview of the Cold Chain

The pharmaceutical distribution supply chain will be the focus of a three-part series over the next several weeks. Why? This topic has only gained in importance since the turn of the 21st century. As medications, delivery methods, and technologies change rapidly to meet expanding patient needs, manufacturers and distributors must adapt and evolve. They have the obligation to ensure that medicines and vaccines are...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 27, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Supply Chain

How the Veterans Health Administration Opened a New VistA in Healthcare

It’s pretty remarkable how inpatient, outpatient, and pharmaceutical services have become integrated by new technologies. We often take for granted that doctors can now submit our prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy, which can match them to our online profiles to check for side effect complications, and then send them by express delivery to our front doors. Not long ago these steps had to be conducted...

Written by Garret Weigel | March 13, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety

New CDC Guidelines for Vaccine Storage & Handling

Last month, the CDC released a redesigned Vaccine and Storage Handling Toolkit, aimed at providing healthcare professionals recommendations and best practices for managing, storing, and monitoring vaccines to ensure potency. Temperature control is extremely important for vaccines, as any deviation risks the quality of the vaccine, and in turn, the safety of the patient. This post will outline some of the key...

Written by Garret Weigel | February 22, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety

Geofencing: A Treasured Tool for Yard Management and Monitoring

Consider the thousands of fleet assets that operate within a logistics network. To keep order in the fleet, geofencing solutions has enabled yard management, or the management of trailers and assets within a yard. For the fleet assets that transport goods and get them to their destination, yard monitoring is required to ensure proper asset utilization.

Written by Garret Weigel | February 15, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety, FSMA

Real-World Applications of Advanced Analytics

Tackling food safety and maintaining medication efficacy is complicated, and requires close collaboration with foodservice and healthcare professionals to ensure success. In building our product line, we have worked hand-in-hand with customers to understand their needs and in turn, grow our analytics product offering.

Written by Garret Weigel | February 6, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Food Safety, Connected Facility, Supply Chain

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