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SMi’s 7th annual Conference ‘European Wholesale & Distribution in the Pharmaceutical Industry’ will give an insight into the key developments affecting the movement and supply of drugs, with a focus on the major European markets.

The Conference will provide an opportunity for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to get together to discuss how to overcome some of the current problems and how to streamline the supply chain to maximise efficiency and profits, whilst still maintaining integrity and consumer safety. You with a chance to hear from experts across Europe and to learn from both their positive and negative experiences in order to take the models and strategies of your company forward.

The Conference will endeavour to clarify the recent regulations regarding pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution practices within the EU and cross border supply and how to ensure compliance. The event will assess the changing trends in supply chain demand and will look closely at other topical issues such as the influence of parallel trade, the increasing role of technological advances such as bar coding and RFID, how to manage the expectations of hospitals and retail pharmacies, through to how to manage supplier relationships.

This is a great opportunity to learn from leading regulatory and industry experts:

  • John Taylor, Quality & Standards Manager, Inspection & Enforcement Division, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Dr Eshetu Wondemagegnehu, Technical Officer & Focal Person for Counterfeit Drugs, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Tony Garlick, Technical Director, British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW)
  • Michael Rose, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson
  • Dr Peter Laurence, Corporate Director, Integrated Supply Chain Project, Serono
  • Peter Kralinger, Director, Logistics Europe, Baxter Bioscience
  • Viliam Kovac, Head, Quality Management, Global Logistics, Roche Diagnostics
  • Johann Niehaus, Chief Executive Officer, International Healthcare Distributors
  • Jeremy Poole, Director, Hospital Service, AAH Pharmaceuticals
  • David Simpson, Head, Buying & Supplier Development, Unichem
Key issues that will be addressed:

WHOLESALE & DISTRIBUTION MODELS: Streamline the supply chain to maximise efficiency and profits
REGULATIONS & GUIDELINES: Discover the latest directives from the EU
RFID TECHNOLOGY: Gain efficiencies through RFID, enabling a safe and secure supply chain
HOSPITAL REQUIREMENTS: Understand how technology will impact the supply chain
TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE PRODUCTS: Learn about the management of interfaces within the global distribution chain
INTERACTIVE FORUM: Discussion on choosing the right distribution model

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Glen Hodgson

Glen Hodgson, General Manager, Europharma

9:10 CHANGES IN PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION

Tony Garlick

Tony Garlick, Technical Director, British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW)

  • Updates of the wholesale markets
  • Track and trace
  • Generics: new controls
  • 9:50 RULES & REGULATIONS

    John Taylor

    John Taylor, Quality & Systems Manager, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

  • EU regulations
  • International regulations
  • EU integration
  • How to ensure compliance
  • Good practice guidelines
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE EUROPEAN HEALTHCARE INITIATIVE – THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAINS OF EUROPE

  • EAN International – the value proposition for European healthcare
  • The European Healthcare Initiative – the vision for the pharmaceutical supply chain of the near future
  • RFID and EPC – the opportunity in context
  • Traceability in action for the safer treatment of haemophiliacs in Europe
  • John Jenkins

    John Jenkins, European Healthcare Initiative, EAN International

    Jim Bracken

    Jim Bracken, Chief Executive Officer, EAN Ireland

    11:40 WHY PHARMA COMPANIES SHOULD FALL IN LOVE WITH WHOLESALERS AGAIN

    Glen Hodgson

    Glen Hodgson, General Manager, Europharma

  • Because we’ve always done it this way
  • No choice + no change = no future
  • Learning from the past is easy
  • True partnerships add value all round
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 DRUG WHOLESALERS

    David Simpson

    David Simpson, Head, Buying & Supplier Development, Unichem

  • Service provider
  • Facilitator
  • Provide business support
  • Support new pharmacy content
  • 14:30 PRE-WHOLESALING

    Dr Carol McCall

    Dr Carol McCall, Corporate Marketing & Quality Manager, Alloga

  • distribution in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Overview of pre-wholesaling in Europe
  • The economic advantage of pre-wholesaling
  • Extending the scope of pre-wholesale activity with specialist pharmaceutical services
  • Systems for data processing and reporting
  • Satisfying customer, principal and regulators’ demands
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DIFFERENT MODELS OF WHOLESALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PHARMACEUTICALS IN EUROPE

    Rob Whewell

    Rob Whewell, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group

  • All pharmaceuticals are NOT the same – exploring the range of product types and service requirements
  • Different distribution models that exist
  • What service do the users/patients need?
  • What constraints are there with my product or portfolio of products?
  • Evaluation criteria
  • How to evaluate (service, cost, competitors, information etc)
  • Conclusions
  • 16:20 THE CHANGING PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTION MODEL IN EUROPE

    Geoff Tomlinson

    Geoff Tomlinson, Principal, PRTM

  • Changing distribution channels
  • New approaches to distribution: outsourcing, direct distribution, centralised warehousing
  • The way forward
  • 17:00 MANAGEMENT OF INTERFACES WITHIN THE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION CHAIN

    Viliam Kovac

    Viliam Kovac, Head, Quality Management, Global Logistics, Roche Diagnostics

  • Understanding the nature of the temperature sensitive products
  • Applying the correct temperature controlled process for dedicated products
  • Three basic “motions” (validation, observation, communication)
  • Advanced customer integration
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Peter Kralinger

    Peter Kralinger, Director, Logistics Europe, Baxter BioScience

    9:10 DISTRIBUTION OUTSOURCING

    Dr Peter Laurence

    Dr Peter Laurence, Corporate Director, Integrated Supply Chain Project, Serono

  • The supply chain vision and how regional distribution can contribute
  • Why outsource is a viable option
  • The vendor selection process and criteria
  • Securing an attractive business case
  • 9:50 THE DIRECT DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS MODEL IN SOUTH AFRICA AFTER 10 YEARS

    Johann Niehaus

    Johann Niehaus, Chief Executive Officer, International Healthcare Distributors

  • The direct distribution business concept
  • Brief overview of developments over 10 years
  • Services offered to manufacturers and customers
  • Changes in the legislative environment
  • The advantages and benefits the model offers
  • Conclusions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Confirmed participants:
  • Viliam Kovac

    Viliam Kovac, Head, Quality Management, Global Logistics, Roche Diagnostics

    Tony Garlick

    Tony Garlick, Technical Director, British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW)

    Michael Rose

    Michael Rose, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson

    Dr Peter Laurence

    Dr Peter Laurence, Corporate Director, Integrated Supply Chain Project, Serono

    11:40 HOW TO CHOOSE A DISTRIBUTION PARTNER

    Simon French

    Simon French, Business Development Director, Healthcare Logistics

  • Challenging times for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Different products need a differing approach
  • The importance of IT
  • Centralised or de-centralised inventory
  • The role of wholesalers
  • New times, new methods
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 COUNTERFEIT MEDICINES

    Dr Eshetu Wondemagegnehu

    Dr Eshetu Wondemagegnehu, Technical Officer & Focal Person for Counterfeit Drugs, World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • Counterfeit, fake and substandard medicines
  • How big are the problems?
  • What is WHO doing?
  • What needs to be done?
  • The role of the wholesale and distribution industry
  • 14:20 RISKS OF TRANSPORT OF TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE GOODS

    Peter Kralinger

    Peter Kralinger, Director, Logistics Europe, Baxter BioScience

  • Warehouse to warehouse transport process
  • Similarities and differences of 2-8°C and room temperature transport
  • Specific risks of air and ground transportation
  • Qualification of transport systems
  • Validation of transport vs. temperature monitoring
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED BY TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE PRODUCTS DURING TRANSPORTATION

    Kane Edgeworth

    Kane Edgeworth, Life Sciences Divisional Manager, Sensitech UK

  • Shipping studies – what are the benefits and how can a study provide a better understanding of product temperatures during transit?
  • Variables when shipping by air/road/ocean – controllable and uncontrollable factors, trip times, environmental affect on trailers/containers etc
  • Results – what sort of information will be gathered and how can the data be used?
  • 16:10 IMPLEMENTING RFID TO SUPPORT TRACK & TRACE INITIATIVES

    Mitch Rutledge

    Mitch Rutledge, Senior Solutions Consultant, Life Sciences, Manhattan Associates

  • Case study on the EPC Pharmaceutical Jumpstart Programme
  • Overview on RFID technology in the supply chain
  • Manhattan Associates' Solution for RFID in the Life Sciences Supply Chain
  • 16:50 HOSPITAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

    Jeremy Poole

    Jeremy Poole, Director, Hospital Service, AAH Pharmaceuticals

  • Different needs?
  • Opportunity for wholesale and distribution?
  • How will technology impact the hospital supply chain?
  • How can the industry integrate more closely with the hospital sector?
  • What are the key issues it needs to understand?
  • 17:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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