Products, such as vaccines, biopharmaceuticals and cell therapies, need to be transported under stringent environmental conditions where temperature, humidity, light exposure and other variables are tightly controlled. Tracking and monitoring the ingredients from supplier to factory, measuring temperature, time and the location to deliver reliable data and a clear line of sight at every stage is critical. This level of visibility and tracking are the top areas which can really help supply chain leaders – and therefore, healthcare and pharma providers – to identify efficiencies and gaps and then tie that to their business profitability.
Historical data can allow supply chain providers to deploy optimal packaging designs and utilize cold storage facilities during transportation, while real-time data analysis can flag specific shipments where intervention is required immediately to save a product. For instance, FedEx regulatory compliance is supported by end-to-end tracking technologies which generate extensive data and continuous visibility on biopharmaceutical shipments. One example is the SenseAware
system – a FedEx innovation – that monitors temperature, humidity, light exposure, shock events, and other environmental factors that can impact supply chain integrity. The combined multi-sensor device can gather, send and monitor data, enabling a comprehensive array of real-time tracking. Customers have a clear line of sight at every stage and identify and solve potential risks along a complex supply chain.
FedEx supports clinical trial projects by providing greater transparency throughout the supply chain. It will not only make the customers’ life easier but also elevate their business and help them connect to a larger network in APAC and worldwide. To add, automation will continue to improve, and automated tracking systems will help to reduce the need for manual inventory management as well as considerably reduce drug wastage due to expiration and spoilage, since facility personnel can be proactively alerted to the status of products in storage. With inventory data digitized, healthcare facilities can work faster, and with added accuracy, to better meet accreditation and government regulation requirements.