USP Will Hold Workshop on Supply Chain Integrity May 22-23

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is hosting a two day workshop on good distribution practices and supply chain integrity in Rockville, MD.

The objectives of the workshop are

  1. To discuss the breadth of current issues, regulations and solutions.
  2. Obtain additional  input for USP General Chapter <1083>.
  3. Identify opportunities for USP's role in supply chain integrity for assuring the quality of medicines.
  4. Foster conversation among stakeholds in the pharmaceutical industry on strategies to improve supply chain integrity.

General Chapter <1083> has been posted in advance of publication to Pharmacopeial Forum in order to provide review and comment before the workshop.  

Those interested in pharmaceutical supply chain issues, including regulators, wholesalers, repackagers, logistics professionals, pharmacists, and physicians can register to attend the two day program.

Says USP,  "Supply chain integrity involves minimizing risks that arise anywhere along the supply chain, including sourcing pharmaceutical raw materials, manufactured medicinal ingredients, the finished dosage form in its packaging, and distribution to consumers. The goal of good distribution practices is to present sound business practices that help deter unauthorized access to and manipulation of these materials, and to provide effective means for detecting adulterated drug components and drug products (finished medicines) so that they do not enter the supply chain."

The Supply Chain Integrity Workshop will be held on May 22 and May 23, 2012 at USP's Rockville, MD headquarters at 12601 Twinbrook Pkwy.