Whisper Down the Supply Chain...

Whisper down the supply chain...

What is the one constant in clinical supply chain management? The answer is pretty elusive. So what is true almost 100% of the time? Simply the constant is… that there is no constant! Change will happen. We looked into why change is so prevalent in clinical supply chains. Most changes focus around two critical areas, specifically clinical trial and product assumptions.

Clinical trial assumptions start to become formulated well before they reach the supply chain group. Through iterations, upon iterations of study designs, site and recruitment assumptions, participating countries, and so forth, the information transfers though many individuals in a game of whisper down the supply chain. As a result, rarely are pre-study assumptions proven to be accurate therefore, change almost always can and will occur.

The ISS Platform enables the user to make fast changes throughout the system. For example, in our ERP section, we can instantly assess the impact of changes in product expiry and production yields, after all, Biologics have a nasty habit of having actual batch yields different (typically lower) than the theoretical yield. During the life of a trial, we expect things to change, such as adding a country, new sites or patients to trial. Our system can adapt to those factors and more in mere minutes! While some systems out there may support some supply activities, the fully integrated ISS Platform provides extensive end-to-end functionality allowing for quick assessment of a proposed change before it is implemented. Our goal is to enable a user attending a meeting to hear about a change, such as adding additional sites, and instantly be able to quantity the impact.

Managing change is one of the key principles we focused on in designing our supply chain software. When designing a software platform to manage clinical trial supply chain activities, there is no better way than to assume that there will be many changes along the way. We dedicated as much time in developing system functionality as we did on the system efficiency.

Assessing the potential impact of a change on product demand, timing and costs is important. We have been quantifying those changes using our technology for years. Not only can we quantify these key points quickly, but within the ISS Platform comprehensive reports are live, up to date, and available at the push of a button…the net result is freeing you to focus on strategy not data entry!

Visit www.innovativesupplysolutions.com to request your free, no obligation demonstration of this game changer and stop playing whisper down the supply chain.