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News Mention: Manufacturing Global – Blockchain and the Pharmaceutical Industry

PharmaLedger was mentioned in an article published in the Manufacturing Global Magazine.

The Manufacturing Global Magazine is a digital community that covers news in the manufacturing industry and provides interviews, videos and other educational materials. Some key topics that they cover include smart manufacturing, digital factories, manufacturing technology and AI & Automation. In their October 2021 issue, PharmaLedger was mentioned in the article titled, “Blockchain and the Pharmaceutical Industry.” The article interviewed Aurl Joseph, Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) Pharmaceutical Development Lead for Avanir Pharmaceuticals.

Blockchain in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Joseph introduced blockchain technology and its benefits to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Blockchain technology can provide many benefits such as end-to-end traceability in medical supply chains. It also ensures that the data shared between participants is accurate and bridges barriers between stakeholders by giving a “single-source of truth” in terms of product tracing in supply chains.

This shift to using blockchain technology in pharmaceutical manufacturing is also supported by authority requirement changes. In the United States, the FDA’s Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will be enforced by 2023 and will require traceability for certain prescription drugs. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) also requires pharmaceutical companies to show how personal health data used in clinical trials are managed and who has access to it. Blockchain technology can address these issues by providing traceability and transparency in supply chains and collected health data. 

PharmaLedger News Mention

Joseph then mentioned PharmaLedger as one initiative that is using blockchain in pharmaceutical manufacturing. He talked about the electronic Product Information (ePI) use case that aims to digitise medical product leaflets, which will provide real-time updates to patients. By scanning a barcode on medical products, patients can then see the most recent, updated product information on an app via their smartphone. You can find out more about ePI in our third upcoming open webinar, “Making ePI a Reality: The User Journey.” 

“The advantage of using blockchain-based digital or electronic medical inserts is it can reduce mislabeling issues from incorrect paper inserts and improve efficiencies, as well as reduce costs and delays associated with printing paper inserts on the packaging line,” said Joseph. You can read the full Manufacturing Global Magazine article below.

PharmaLedger: Opening the Conversation

As mentioned in the article, the ePI use case can help digitise product leaflets that patients can access via an app on their smart devices. When there is a change of information or a batch recall for certain medicines, it often is a lengthy process to reprint paper leaflets, let alone contact the patients that have received the given recalled medical product. Providing accurate and updated information to patients increases trust and transparency in the healthcare ecosystem. 

PharmaLedger’s Third Open Webinar “Making ePI a Reality: The User Journey

We would like to invite you to our next open webinar, which focuses on the ePI use case and the patient’s perspective. In addition to PharmaLedger partners presenting the evolution and future state of the ePI use case, you’ll learn about feedback from focus groups and workshops that were conducted in Singapore. Three patients that participated in these workshops will also be sharing their testimonials, and there will be a demo from the ePI mobile phone application.

The feedback gathered from patients and healthcare professionals from these various workshops and focus groups is helping with the design and improvement of the ePI application. Since we are all patients in healthcare, it is important for us to include the patients’ voice when testing our application, as well as when we are implementing our other use cases.

You can join this open webinar by registering below!

The Finished Goods Traceability use case traces medical products in supply chains, where there is currently no full end-to-end traceability. Right now, a medical product manufacturer loses a clear understanding of distribution, often after passing it to a wholesaler. By using blockchain to accurately track products from the manufacturer to patient, all those involved would have trusted, confidential information stored and traced in an immutable database.

We are always humbled to see PharmaLedger being mentioned in various publications and articles. As also written in the Manufacturing Global Magazine article, we are looking forward to seeing how blockchain will evolve in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and healthcare industry in the upcoming years.


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