Recipharm launches serialisation showcase line

Recipharm’s new line is the latest step in a €40 million project to implement a state-of-the-art solution for its customers’ serialisation requirements across its 75 production lines in Europe

Recipharm, the contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), has launched a showcase line for serialisation, offering pharmaceutical companies the chance to view and trial its solution to the new European and US regulations.

The CDMO’s showcase line at Recipharm in Fontaine, France, is now operational and ready to demonstrate the company’s new standard solution for serialisation to customers.

The showcase line will perform activities including the downloading of serial numbers from our Level 4 solution, serialisation of the package and the application of tamper evidence labels. It will also demonstrate manual aggregation including labelling of boxes and pallets and post-serialisation work, including the reworking and uploading of data to Level 4.

The project, which is being conducted during the next 3 years, will ensure that all pharmaceutical companies using Recipharm’s contract manufacturing services comply with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (EUFMD) Safety Features Delegated Regulation, which makes the serialisation of licensed drug products in Europe a legal requirement from 2019.

As part of the serialisation rollout, the CDMO has developed a unique pricing model, which spreads the cost of the process across each customer’s ongoing supply agreement, removing the need to make any upfront investment.

From early 2017, Recipharm will offer the service free of charge until it becomes a legal requirement, allowing customers to overcome any challenges, determine their individual requirements and request any customisation before the deadline passes.

The CDMO’s company wide serialisation project is being led by Staffan Widengren, director of corporate projects at Recipharm. He said: 'Having already provided serialised products in markets including Turkey, Korea and China, we understand the complexity of implementing serialisation processes across existing production lines, so we made the decision very early on to be proactive and get ready for the changes as soon as we could.'

'Companies that delay their preparations face a high risk of disruption to their production when the changes come into effect in 2019. By introducing this showcase line so far in advance we’ll be able to overcome any hurdles prior to the deadline and make the transition to serialised products as seamless as possible for our customers. As part of our preparations we’ve listened to our customers concerns surrounding serialisation, which is why we’ve introduced a unique pricing model to help improve the affordability of the process,' he added.

The industry wide serialisation, aggregation and verification directive is expected to improve traceability of drugs and help in the fight against counterfeit products entering the supply chain via the introduction of 2D barcodes on all saleable drug items and will ultimately improve patient safety.

Recipharm serves 250+ customers and expects 85% of its production to require serialisation. The CDMO will also be ready for US serialisation from November 2017 in-line with the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

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