In this Q&A, Neil Ivey, Sales Development Manager, at Payne Security provides a brief history of Payne Security and answers questions such as: How big a problem is counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry? And how can covert technologies work in conjunction with overt technologies such as holograms?
Gonçalo Poças, the Marketing Manager at Neutroplast and the Director of Neutrodevices, explains that an important – if not essential – part of any pharmaceutical product is its packaging. Nevertheless, it has almost always been seen as an outsourcing need, due to its distance from the core business of pharmaceutical companies. This is ever more present if one takes into consideration that in the development of a new drug, the production of the drug itself, regulatory concerns and its marketing and commercialisation, there are already many physical infrastructures, human resources and other investment involved, which in turn form very heavy and costly structures.
Until five or ten years ago, companies supplying packaging to the pharmaceutical industry delivered their cartons several days or weeks before they were needed. The cartons went into the stores at the packing and filling plant, where white-coated quality control (QC) people would descend on the job to check that they met with the brand specifications. But this all changed with the arrival of leaner than lean, just-in-time manufacturing. Nowadays the same packaging is delivered not to a warehouse but straight to the filling line itself, and not days or weeks in advance but instead when it is actually needed, almost to the minute. Maryline Strasser of Bobst Group explains how In-Line QC is the Key to ‘Zero Fault’ Pharma Packaging Production.