How Yusen Logistics’ European Control Tower can revitalise your healthcare operation

Posted by Frank Gosnell - General Manager, Asset Light Operations and Planning on 22-Nov-2018 14:45:59
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 A logistics Control Tower can bring supply chain visibility to your operation, improving both planning and efficiency. For the healthcare vertical, higher performance levels can reflect upon the end patient’s welfare with late, damaged or compromised products having a significant impact, as we discussed in our previous blog.  However, maintaining control of your logistics can be difficult to manage - especially as your supply chain grows bringing additional stakeholders, procedures, routes and end destinations to an already complex and intricate process.  

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Improving logistics management:  preventing drug shortages through better visibility

Posted by James Colson - AstraZeneca Global Account Manager on 01-Nov-2018 10:24:00
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Our previous blogs considered the causes of healthcare supply chain failures, which often result in product losses due to breaches in compliance.   Within logistics, minimising product losses will help contribute to reducing drug shortages overall – not just for the pharmaceuticals associated within a particular shipment but for the resource associated with replacing lost product too, which could have been spent elsewhere in the business. 

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European healthcare: how smarter logistics can reduce drug shortages

Posted by Frank Packman - General Manager, Healthcare on 16-Oct-2018 10:21:00
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Although logistics is only one step in the healthcare supply chain, research shows an average pharmaceutical organisation spends 6% of its revenue on logistics requirements, compared to 5%­ for the retail industry and just 2% for electronics.   Manufacturers must absorb these costs without compromising on the quality of medicines, which can lead to subsequent failures and shortages.  Yet, despite this, regulations such as the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) varies by region and therefore universal standards are not upheld.

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Healthcare logistics: preventing stock shortages in European healthcare supply chains

 Drug shortages are recognised as a global issue by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with research indicating that the problem has been increasingly affecting European countries.  The duration of medicine shortages can range from a few days to several months, with acute and chronic medicine shortages potentially compromising patient outcomes.  This, together with the expense and time burden of drug shortages, has led to medicine agencies expressing concerns about the long-term supply of drugs.  To understand how to prevent stock shortages in European healthcare supply chains, we first must define the true extent of the problem.   

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