Senior Level Executives in Pharma Supply Chain Plan Future at SecurePharma 2008

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Industry players across the pharmaceutical channel convened at the third annual Supply Chain Security conference for knowledge sharing, networking and specific solution defining on February 26th at the Hilton in Philadelphia.

Industry players across the pharmaceutical channel convened at the third annual Supply Chain Security conference for knowledge sharing, networking and specific solution defining on February 26th at the Hilton in Philadelphia. The two full day conference outlined the initiatives and multi-level approaches for both private and public sectors to address the challenges tied to securing the drug supply and offered attendees ample opportunity for relationship building and knowledge sharing among channel partners.

The ultra-interactive program encouraged in-depth discourse among peers, specifically during the Best Practices Idea Exchange and the two track In-depth Workshops. Key take-aways included best approaches to compliance and security, clarification of responsibilities with respect to pedigree compliance and authentication technologies and best measures to maintain brand integrity and skirt the latest supply chain vulnerabilities.

Thought leaders across the Pharma channel successfully delivered relevant case-studies and strategy building presentations. With the California Pedigree regulations that are going into effect in Jan 2009, companies are facing the challenges of timely enactment and compliance. Judith Nurse, Supervising Inspector for California State Board of Pharmacy reviewed the varying interpretations of the regulations and detailed the issues and challenges of extending the deadline.

Leonardo DeCandia, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management for AmerisourceBergen reviewed the trader partner trust and collaborative practices and offered best practices for optimizing the value chain with a focus on patient safety. Aaron Graham, Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Purdue Pharma examined the penetration of counterfeit drugs into legitimate channels of distribution, the exploitation of the worldwide web and the role of evolving technologies for tackling the threat to patient safety.

SecurePharma is regarded as a must attend event for anyone charged with the responsibility to secure the supply chain. "There is no question that secure pharmaceutical distribution will be a growing problem in coming years." According to Nicolas Basta, Founder and Editor in Chief of Pharmaceutical Commerce, "SecurePharma has provided valuable guidance from technology and business practice innovators to address this concern."

For more information on the 2009 conference, please visit http://www.securepharma2009.com

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