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As the European pharmaceutical market becomes increasingly integrated the impact on the wholesale and distribution of pharmaceuticals needs to be revisited. The next five year’s will witness radical transformation and by keeping up to date with this, our 9th Annual European Pharmaceutical Wholesale & Distribution conference will provide essential information for companies wishing to compete and succeed in the supply chain of the future.

This conference assesses the changing trends in wholesale and distribution, exploring insights into new products and new product offerings, discovering the true economics of pharmaceutical distribution, whilst displaying current and future business models for distribution in Europe along with other global pharmaceutical markets. This event will also provide you with a good understanding of the changing regulatory climate, ensuring you are up to date with the latest policies affecting you and your business.

Speakers at this year's event include:

Speakers at this year's event include:
  • Andrew Richmond, European Associate Director, Pfizer
  • Paul Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Dr Christian Borel, European Distribution Manager, Serono
  • Richard Andrews, Operations Manager, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Graham Somerville, Chief Executive Officer, International Healthcare Distribution (IHD)
  • Monika Derecque-Pois, Secretary General, European Association of Pharmaceutical Full - Line Wholesalers (GIRP)
  • Dr Antoni Gilabert, Director, Pharmaceutical Care & Complimentary Benefits, Catalan Health Service
  • Allan Karr, Pharmacy Business Services Manager, UCL Hospitals Foundation Trust(NHS)
  • Bruno Stillhart, Head, Supply Chain Management, Galexis

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Glen Hodgson

Glen Hodgson, Warehouse & Distribution Director, Baxter Healthcare

9:10 DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS IN EUROPE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Monique  Derecque-Pois

Monique Derecque-Pois, Secretary General, European Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (GIRP)

  • Recent changes in European legislation
  • New challenges in the sector
  • Services to supply chain partners
  • 9:50 WHY TRADITIONAL WHOLESALING AND DISTRIBUTION WILL BE OBSOLETE IN 5 YEARS

  • From veggies to Viagra - a new paradigm for the baby boomer generation
  • Doctors - no more heroes anymore
  • Curing or healing?
  • Complementary and alternative medicine meets with conventional pharmaceuticals in a holistic future
  • Glen Hodgson

    Glen Hodgson, Warehouse & Distribution Director, Baxter Healthcare

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 DISTRIBUTION (OR WHOLESALE IN EUROPE?)

    Bruno Stillhart

    Bruno Stillhart, Head, Supply Chain Management, Galexis

  • Swiss pharmaceutical market supply chain
  • Trends (Generika, price reduction a.s.o.)
  • Role of wholesaler and pre-wholesaler
  • Approach of Galexis to face the challengers
  • 11:40 PRICING AND PARALLEL TRADE

    Janice Haigh

    Janice Haigh, Principal, Cambridge Pharma Consultancy

  • What are the current drivers of parallel trade?
  • How will other changes in Europe affect parallel trade; e.g. prices, distribution, regulation, expansion?
  • Update on counterfeiting issues within Europe
  • The future of parallel trade
  • 12:20 CHANGES TO MEDICINES REGULATION IN EUROPE

    Richard Andrews

    Richard Andrews, Operations Manager, MHRA

  • The 2001 review and amending directives
  • Veterinary medicines regulations 2005 SI 2745
  • Risk based approach to inspection
  • Commonly seen deficiencies
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:30 UNLICENCED MEDICATIONS – UK PERSPECTIVE

    Allan Karr

    Allan Karr, Pharmacy Business Services Manager, UCL Hospitals Foundation Trust (NHS)

  • Why are unlicensed medications allowed for use?
  • Using free medications as a promotional tool for new drugs
  • How do hospitals benefit from unlicensed medications?
  • How are unlicensed drugs distributed?
  • What are the risks?
  • Why are current controls so limited?
  • Should a European standard be created?
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 THE IMPACT OF ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION

    Antoni  Gilabert

    Antoni Gilabert, Director Pharmaceutical Care & Complementary Benefits, Catalan Health Service

  • Wholesalers and home-care providers
  • Enabling deliveries straight to the patient
  • Training patients to self-administer
  • Packaging requirements
  • Preventing scheduling and efficiency issues
  • 16:50 THE EUROPEAN PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

    Andrew Richmond

    Andrew Richmond, Associate Director, Europe , Pfizer Ltd

  • The fragmented supply chain in Europe and lack of effective batch recall has serious patient safety implications
  • This fragmentation is providing an easy route to market for counterfeiters
  • Margin management and human error in re-packaging are detrimental to patient outcomes
  • Manufacturer’s need to secure their route to market for the benefit of their patients
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Christian Borel

    Christian Borel, European Distribution Manager, Serono

    9:10 ELECTRONIC PEDIGREE SYSTEMS

    John Jenkins

    John Jenkins, Consultant, GS1 Europe - European Healthcare Initiative

  • About GS1 & the European Healthcare Initiative
  • The key role of standards in pharmacy distribution systems
  • The development of Electronic Pedigree systems
  • European Healthcare Initiative's ePedigree Pilot
  • The implications for European pharmacy distribution
  • 9:50 BUILDING THE BEST BIOTECH SUPPLY CHAIN IN EUROPE

    Christian Borel

    Christian Borel, European Distribution Manager, Serono

  • European distribution project (2003-2004)
  • Outsourcing warehousing and distribution to 3PL
  • - Insourcing customer service

  • Monitoring and improving performance
  • - Compliance

    - Service

    - Costs

    - Leveraging European distribution assets

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • A brief history of pharmaceutical distribution
  • Our experiences over the past 20 years
  • Where are we today?
  • How do we see the future?
  • Anton Potgieter

    Anton Potgieter, Director Planning and Technical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim

    11:40 THE NEED TO FIND A NEW AND MORE EFFECT METHODOLOGY OF DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIALISED PHARMACEUTICALS TO PATIENTS

    Graham Somerville

    Graham Somerville, Chief Executive Officer, International Healthcare Distributors

  • Why the need to establish different supply chains?
  • What types of products are we considering for this new supply chain?
  • What types of specialisation will become necessary?
  • Funding implications?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the supply chain
  • 12:20 NOT ALL DRUGS AND DISPENSED HOME DELIVERY PROVIDERS ARE THE SAME

    Simon French

    Simon French, Director, Business Development, Healthcare Logistics Ltd

  • Gathering and sharing of data will promote compliance and reduce patient drop off
  • How to create a new relationship with clinicians and nurses to make a product stand out
  • How proactive real time management can improve service to patients
  • How to ensure through real time measurements that your high value chill products are delivered at ideal temperatures
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:20 TRACABILITY OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

    Andre Grigjanis

    Andre Grigjanis, Managing Director, GCC Pharma

  • Problems and requirements
  • Data flow and database
  • Technological alternatives
  • Where to go from here?
  • 15:40 TEMPERATURE MONITORING OF MEDICINAL PRODUCTS DURING STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION

    Anna  Woodward

    Anna Woodward, Regional Manager, Trackflow Ltd

  • Considerations when carrying out temperature mapping of storage facilities
  • Temperature monitoring of storage facilities; using RF technology
  • Validation vs. Qualification
  • Carrying out route qualifications of pharmaceutical supply chains
  • 16:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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