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1. PharmaLedger’s Clinical Supply Traceability Use Case

Clinical Supply Traceability | Watch PharmaLedger’s Use Case presentation and topic-specific Q&A – join us in our Trust-Centric Healthcare Journey.

At the end of 2020, PharmaLedger hosted our first public Open Webinar “A Trust-Centric Healthcare Journey,” which covered the challenges, solutions and added value of our four supply chain use cases. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in this webinar, you can now catch up and watch it on our YouTube channel – which allows you to go directly to individual topics you are interested in and see the questions answered by our presenters per topic. We will share each of our four Supply Chain Use Cases in the next couple of weeks so you can get up to speed with the latest in our project and get ready for our next Open Webinar in February. 

Clinical Supply Traceability Use Case

The first Use Case covered in the webinar was Clinical Supply Traceability, and it was presented by its co-leads: Francesco Spoto (Novartis) and Chad Sklodosky (Pfizer). You can find this Use Case recording below, along with the Q&A related to this topic asked by the participants at the end of the video:

Here is a brief overview of the presentation, with minute markers to help you navigate the video recording.

Current Clinical Supply Chain Process (1:00)

The Clinical Supply chain is a global and complex process involving multiple parties and thousands of data transactions. One of the biggest challenges faced in clinical trials is the lack of oversight caused by inappropriate real-time traceability. 

Challenges – Pain Points (1:38)

As discussed in our previous article: PharmaLedger: Challenges found in Healthcare Supply Chains, there are many challenges throughout clinical supply chains: :

Clinical Supply Chain Future State – PharmaLedger Solution  (3:44) 

The PharmaLedger Clinical Supply Traceability Use Case aims to change the current process by linking all the steps together on a common layer using blockchain technology. All the players involved in the process would have access to relevant data points throughout the network. This would reduce the time and effort to source and look for data, and remove data inconsistencies across the supply chain. 

Further Improvements include potential optimisation of the clinical supply chain process by integrating data and ensuring its accuracy across the participants. This would also build more capabilities and better data identification and authorship, better data recording and sourcing, easier analytical reporting and better planning for future needs. This solution will be hosted on a mobile device or a standard laptop with a user-friendly graphical interface to drive adoption and add value for all stakeholders.

Various Actors Involved – Added Value (5:44)

There are various actors involved in the clinical supply chain process that would benefit differently with the proposed solution. The chart below highlights the added value.

Clinical Supply Traceability Use Case Closing Remarks (10:45)

In the Clinical Supply Traceability Use case, PharmaLedger aims to create a more efficient, compliant and patient-centric process to help get innovative medicines to patients quicker. After these medicines are commercialized and shipped, there is a need to trace these finished goods, and PharmaLedger aims to connect these supply chains on a common trust-centric healthcare platform

Q&A (12:00)

At the end of the webinar, participants were asked to submit questions that were then answered by the presenters. You can watch the video recording of our webinar: “A Trust-Centric Healthcare Journey” to find out the answers to the following questions: 

  • What’s the status of this project? When do they go-live, and is this only for the EU market or global? (12:00)
  • We’re building a drugs delivery system for HIV patients and we need to track variables like temperature changes in storage. Is PharmaLedger a good fit? (14:40)
  • What is the greatest benefit of blockchain to a regulatory agency? (16:34)
  • Is any use case about temperature compliance until the end point (patient) investigated? (17:48)
  • Who is the ‘owner’ of the blockchain? (19:12)

Q&A Closing Remarks (20:00)

If you’re interested you can watch the entire “A Trust-Centric Healthcare Journey” webinar recording below, which includes the other three supply chain use cases. You can also look forward to a future article that will answer any unanswered questions that have been asked during the webinar. The next edited video recording will cover the Finished Goods Traceability Use Case.


PharmaLedger has eight use cases in total covering supply chains, clinical trials and health data. PharmaLedger is a three-year project sponsored by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (efpia) that brings together a consortium made up of 29 partners who are working together to build a trusted platform using blockchain technology and in addition create many healthcare applications. 

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