31 OCT 2017

Sharp reaches 50th serialisation line milestone

Allentown, Pennsylvania – Sharp, a global provider of pharmaceutical packaging services and part of UDG Healthcare, has equipped its 50th line with serialisation capabilities ahead of the U.S. and European regulatory deadlines in 2018/19 aimed at preventing counterfeit product from entering the supply chain.

The 50th line, located at the Allentown facility in Pennsylvania, marks the latest milestone in Sharp’s ongoing serialisation programme to meet new requirements in the U.S. and Europe. Having started serialising products over nine years ago, the company currently runs more than 70 serialisation projects, supplying products across the globe, supporting eight international serialisation programmes.

Rick Seibert, Senior Vice President of Global Innovation & Technology Service at Sharp said: “Many industry players have underestimated the impact that implementing serialisation can have on an organisation and have delayed their preparations for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (EU FMD), meaning they are underprepared and unlikely to be fully compliant in time for the deadlines. “Serialisation is not a new concept. Sharp has been serialising products for almost a decade meaning our team has a huge amount of expertise and depth of knowledge in this area.

“As a result, we can offer our customers a scalable and accelerated onboarding process, making their journey to compliance more streamlined and less time and cost intensive. We expect to see many companies, particularly small and mid-sized players, relying on outsourced packaging solutions in order to maintain continuity of supply post-enforcement dates.”

The company’s first serialisation project for Cephalon began in 2008 ahead of the Californian e-Pedigree deadline in January 2009. Sharp were responsible for validating and packaging several products for the biopharmaceutical company from its Allentown facility.

Gerry Frank, former Senior Director of Packaging Technology at Cephalon said: “At the time that we approached Sharp we were exploring how packaging technology could allow us track product through the supply chain. Sharp’s expertise and innovative approach to serialisation was invaluable throughout the project.

“Now, nine years later, it’s fascinating to see how the pharmaceutical industry is adopting serialisation programs as we face the regulation deadlines globally.”

Sharp will be exhibiting at CPhI Worldwide, in Frankfurt, Germany, 24-26th October 2017. Visit stand 41B32.

The company will also take part in a Pharma Insight Briefing at the event with TraceLink, a serialisation solution provider for the life sciences industry, and US biotech specialist, Biogen.

The briefing, which will take place on Tuesday 24th October at 11.50am, will include an overview of the partnership between the three companies and their learnings from the successful implementation of a serialisation solution for Biogen. The presentation will take place in the Galleria in Messe Frankfurt.

Notes for Editors:

Sharp is one of the world’s leading providers in contract packaging and clinical supply chain services. The company specialises in providing unique, innovative and often complex commercial and clinical packaging solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Its talented and highly experienced team have in depth knowledge of the packaging landscape and can develop solutions to suit individual customer requirements.

UDG Healthcare plc (LON: UDG) is a leading international partner of choice delivering commercial, clinical, communications and packaging services to the healthcare industry, employing 8,000 people with operations in 24 countries and delivering services in over 50 countries.

UDG Healthcare plc operates across three divisions: Ashfield, Sharp and Aquilant.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250.

For more information please go to: www.udghealthcare.com

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