November 28 - 30, 2018
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, Philadelphia, PA

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2017 Pharma Traceability Post Show Report

Find out what you missed in 2017! Get the inside scoop on who attended, what they learned and how the benefited from attending the 2017 Pharma Traceability Forum.To receive this report via email, please contact us at

Exclusive Content

McKesson on: The Largest Challenges in Preparing for DSCSA Saleable Returns Verification

We caught up with Kevan MacKenzie, Director of Serialization Technology at McKesson, to learn about wholesaler-distributors largest challenges in preparing for DSCSA saleable returns verification in 2019.In addition to discussing wholesaler-distributors current challenges, MacKenzie also reveals: His advice for those who are experiencing difficulty in getting ready for saleable returns...

[Interactive Report] Creating Value Beyond 2023 Compliance: Challenges, Strategies and Solutions

How can the pharmaceutical industry create value beyond 2023 compliance? This interactive report takes a look at the specific challenges faced by every point in the supply chain –  as well as their strategies and solutions for the future. This report will help you to discover how to get maximum...

Expert Insight into Top Pharmaceutical Challenges Surrounding Serialization: Aggregation and CMO Integration

In anticipation of the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, we spoke with Matt Sample and Christopher Howell about the top pharmaceutical challenges surrounding Serialization: Aggregation and CMO Integration. Both speakers shared their unique perspectives on the topic and also expressed what they were most excited to learn about at the upcoming event. 

Preparing for 2023: Advice from a Top Wholesaler

In advance of the Forum, we spoke with an elite representative from the wholesaler side of pharmaceutical shipping about the plans his company has and the challenges he’s facing. Take these into consideration today for best results 7 years from now.

Serialisation Case Studies: SMEs and CMOs

Pharma IQ spoke with Mark Davison, Chief Executive Officer at Blue Sphere Health Ltd, and Vetter Pharma to gain insight into SME pharma & biotechs for serialization, as well as strategies that CMOs can implement to succeed in serialization.

Pharmaceutical Traceability Industry Experts eBook

Before you hear from these great speakers at the Forum, read their thoughts on serialization within the life sciences industry. We sat down with speakers from top companies such as AmerisourceBergen, Merck & Co., NC Mutual Wholesale Drug Company and Neurocrine Biosciences, find out what they had to say!

Pharmaceutical Serialization and Traceability 2017 Trend Report

With time running low, Pharma Logistics IQ tracks the state of the industry’s serialization projects. This year’s research report maps out and measures the changes in consensus as the industry advances closer to an entirely track-and-trace pharmaceutical environment. Sections covered:Project PlanningImplementation ProgressTraceability In Operation Benefits Beyond Compliance

Working with CMOs: Serialization Tends to Fail in the Details

This is the second article in a series looking at how to avoid the supply risk when working with CMOs on serialization. In this article I will discuss another six learnings covering everything from resource-planning to clarifying your RACI.

The Final Stages of Serialization

Pharma IQ conducted extensive market research to pinpoint the concerns and priorities of those in the more mature phases of serialization.

Software Best Practices: Implementation & Data Integration

Effective data management is imperative to achieve regulatory compliance with a serialisation programme. Non-standard data exchange and integration methods are seen as one of the biggest hurdles in serialisation compliance. In light of the data responsibilities expected within serialisation projects, Pharma IQ consults with a selection of experts on software...

Traceability in Operation Market Research: Concerns and Priorities

Pharma IQ collected the following market research to pinpoint the concerns and priorities of those in the more mature phases of serialization. Commentary supplied by Pasi Kemppainen, Executive Consultant, Pharma Serialization and Traceability.

Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Interactive Implementation Timeline

The Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), was enacted by Congress on November 27, 2013. Title II of DQSA, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), outlines steps to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. This...

Tracking & Tracing Serialization in 2018

We created a map to provide an overview of various countries and their serialization journey, as global deadlines are approaching fast. By 2020, serialization is anticipated to cover 80% of the global drug supply. This map takes a look at the United States, European Union, Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, Australia, China,...

Serialization Track & Trace Global Updates 2018

By 2020, serialization is expected to cover 80% of the global drug supply, but disparity between regulations in different parts of the world means high costs and complexity for companies in the supply chain. As global deadlines loom, we have created this video to provide an overview of various nations...

Serialization World Map

Pharma IQ have created an updated serialisation printable world map to assist with your worldwide serialisation compliance strategies and help the industry prepare for these various approaching deadlines all over the globe.

FDA Vision For 2023

Ahead of the 6th Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, December 7 -8, we interviewed members of our speaker faculty on their immediate impressions of the FDA meeting that was held in August. Get your copy of this exclusive interview to find out what the FDA vision of the future is for 2023!

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Past Presentations

The Hidden Requirements of Enterprise Serialization Systems

In this presentation, Scott Pugh, Principal at Jennason, discusses key functionality, architecture, hosting, and deployment, implementation and the validation of enterprise serialization systems.

Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) “Push” Method

In this presentation, Peter Sturtevant Senior Director Industry Development, at Pharmaceuticals GS1 US, discusses: Distributed databasesSending EPCIS data (TI,TS) to forward trading partners.One-up, One-down visibility

2017 HDA Education Traceability Seminar

In this presentation, HDA discusses: 2019 Regulatory RequirementsSaleable Returns StatisticsThe Benefits of Using a Router Service ModelVSR Initial and on-going maintenance 2018 Goals and Planned Activities

Understanding Blockchain and DSCSA

In this presentation, Robert Celeste, Founder, Center for Supply Chain Studies, discusses: Ensures your data requestors are legitimate with minimal effortDoes not require a central repositoryWorks seamlessly with GS1 EPCIS

DSCSA’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain

In this presentation, Matt Sample, Sr. Director, Secure Supply Chain AmerisourceBergen Corporation, presents on: Examining the full scope of DSCSA requirements and the top international serialization deadlines that are looming How logistics professionals can support serialization teams past the 2017 deadlineWhat application does serialization technology have for temperature monitoring? Can...

Additional Content

Tools of the Trace

Past speaker Peter Sturtevant, Sr. Director of Industry Engagement at GS1 US, discusses the tools which will help you achieve and surpass DSCSA compliance, such as the Electronic Product Code Information Service and the Master Data Exchange. 

Serialization: Driving Business Value Beyond Compliance

As serialization and track-and-trace capabilities go mainstream to meet regulatory compliance mandates, pharmaceuticals companies should simultaneously explore how these tools and techniques can improve supply chain planning and operations, elevate patient and doctor engagement, and increase sales and marketing effectiveness. Whitepaper courtesy of Cognizant.

Examining Serialization as a 21st Century Approach to Anti-Counterfeiting

Check out this webinar from Ben Locwin of Healthcare Sciences Advisors! 

Achieving Scannable GS1 Codes for DSCSA Compliance

Take a look at this exclusive whitepaper put together by VideoJet. Within the paper you will find out more about how the DQSA and DSCSA compliance regulations can impact your overall operation.

Serialization: An Implementation Guide

This white paper gives in-depth descriptions of the:Challenges driving new serialization regulation.Pending regulation requirements and deadlines.Implementation and interoperability challenges in serialization solutions.New holistic serialization solution from Rockwell Automation built on a modular and scalable off-the-shelf control and information platform.Business benefits of the common data source created by serialization.

Implementing a Serialization Project Post DSCSA

Are you ready? The likely answer is no, but it’s just as likely that you are working on it. The fact is, the pharmaceutical industry is still wrestling with challenges which will continue to evolve as serialization systems are rolled out.

7 Steps To Implementing A Serialization Project

Take sneek peak at the 7 steps to implementing a full serialization project:1: Get ready for a cultural change.2: Invest in high volume items

Optel Acquires Verify Brand to Set the Stage for End-to-End Traceability

At the 6th Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, Optel made an exciting industry announcement. Watch the live video here..

Top 10 Pharma and Biotech Trends to Watch in 2018

Pharma IQ takes a look at some of the trends forecasted to take hold this year: disruption for vendor landscapes, regulatory intervention and sophisticated analytics technologies gaining speed.

Implementing Serialization in the Drug Supply Chain

Currently, the pharmaceutical industry uses tracking and tracing technology heavily in the upstream supply chain. Maintaining visibility of the source of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) is of utmost importance.Editor’s Note: Every year, 40 or so students in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics’ (MIT CTL) Master of Supply Chain...

Blockchain in Pharma & Cold Chain Logistics

By 2020, pharma cold chain logistics spend is anticipated to exceed $16 billion. Despite this massive investment, pharmaceutical supply chains still face tremendous challenges. We sat down with Jack Shaw, Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council, Technology Futurist to discuss this matter, as well as:The direct impact blockchain has...

Creating End-to-End Visibility in the Supply Chain

We spoke with the Associate Director of Supply Chain Management at Merck, who gave us a deep dive look into end-to-end supply chain visibility.

The Benefits of Blockchain - Part 1: Fact or Wishful Thinking?

Blockchain is the new buzzword in supply chain circles. Unfortunately, there are many examples of much-hyped innovations that promised to transform supply chains overnight, only to peter out or take much longer to gain traction than originally claimed.Is blockchain technology any different? We are still early in the process of...

Update on DSCSA with Brian Files, Principal Consultant, Healthcare Supply Chain

We spoke with Brian Files to discuss the largest challenges and implications in integrating serialization into the supply chain, what 2024 and beyond will look like, how new technologies will affect us, the major issues anticipated after the 2018 goal is met and more. Brian is a Principal Consultant at...