Unitrans Life Sciences Logistics Newsletter | Edition 39 | June 02, 2017
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In Edition 39:
> Temp Controlled Comments
Airfreight Shipment Tracking
va-Q-tec and Oosumi

> Industry, Carrier and Service Updates
Alitalia Filed for Administration
Qatar Airways Expands
Emirates from Puerto Rico to Europe
Cabin Laptops US Inbound
Logistics Market Snapshot
Drug-Pricing Proposals
Outcomes-Based Risk Sharing
CDMO Adds fourth cGMP Facility
Amazon Enters Pharmacy Business

> Security News
FDA: Security Toolkit

> Compliance and Trade Corner
Datamatrix Code Labelling
BREXIT and Supply Chains
FDA: Five Import District Offices

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Temp Controlled Shipments

Airfreight Shipment Tracking Developments

Lufthansa is now offering a new tracking device for cargo shipments that can provide valuable information including location/temperature/humidity/pressure and vibration ("Sendum PT300 and PT300D").

Unitrans GPS Airfreight Tracking

Unitrans also provides a similar tracking service using the OnAsset system that can be used on many other carriers. Please contact Unitrans for more information about both of these services.

va-Q-tec & Oosumi Logistics Open Facility for Cold Chain Logistics

va-Q-tec has announced the launch of a second network station in Japan. The additional site in Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is located less than an hour by car from Narita Airport. Like the already existing network station in Tokyo, the new facility meets the increasing demand for va-Q-tec's pallet size shipper (va-Q-tainer).


Industry, Carrier and Service Updates


Alitalia Filed for Extraordinary Administration

Alitalia airlines has filed for extraordinary administration (similar to US Chapter 11). In the meantime the Italian government has provided funding to keep the carrier flying through November 2017. At this point flights are operating per normal schedule.

Qatar Airways Expands

Qatar Airways Cargo expands its pharma network with the addition of Colombo and Dublin.

Emirates Starts Services from Puerto Rico to Europe

Emirates has started 3 x weekly freighter services on Tuesday/Friday and Sunday from Aguadilla (PR) to Amsterdam and then Dubai. This new service provides additional capacity to Europe and connections to Emirates' global network from Dubai.

Potential Further Restrictions on Cabin Laptop Use on US Inbound Flights

The widely reported potential further expansion of this new rule (presently only impacting flights from certain middle-eastern countries to the US) is expected to negatively impact passenger demand and could result in reduction of international flights. It has already resulted in Emirates and some other carriers reducing capacity or slowing down growth plans.

Logistics Market Snapshot

The May Edition of the Logistics Market Snapshot is now available from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Please download it here.

Drug-Pricing Proposals

A May 29th article in the New York Times looks at several drug-pricing proposals and bills and legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. See what's up in Washington by clicking here.

Outcomes-Based Risk Sharing Agreements

In a collaborative effort to test the performance of reimbursement models, Optum and Merck are attempting to align payment for prescription drugs more closely with patient outcomes: Outcomes-Based Risk Sharing Agreements.

CDMO Adds Fourth cGMP Facility

Canadian CDMO BioVectra Inc. announced their total manufacturing capacity will increase by 40%, with the addition of a fourth new cGMP facility. The late-stage to commercial-scale microbial fermentation and complex chemistry facility will be located in Windsor, Nova Scotia, offering convenience to customers located in the Northeast.

Amazon Enters Pharmacy Business

With the rise of high-deductible plans and more consumers paying for their own health care, Amazon is developing its strategy to expand into the lucrative pharmacy business.


Security News


FDA Leads Effort to Create a Supply Chain Security Toolkit for Medical Products

Protecting the integrity of the medical product supply chain is complex and requires a global approach. FDA recently led a collaboration within Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to create a Supply Chain Security Toolkit for Medical Products. It focuses on developing — and implementing through training programs — processes, procedures, and tools directed at enhancing global medical product quality and supply chain security.


Compliance and Trade Corner


Datamatrix Code Labelling

From February 9, 2019, every prescribed drug placed on the EU market must be labelled with a 2D datamatrix code containing a unique serial number and more to enable it to be verified. The directive also details methods to verify packaging integrity. Tamper evidence is the term used for a feature that makes unauthorized access to a product easily detectable. In a White Paper from Mettler Toledo, the author looks at the European Falsified Medicines Act and what it means for the future of compliant tamper-evident pharmaceutical packaging.

BREXIT and Supply Chains

A June 2016 referendum voted narrowly in favor of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), and in March this year the British government invoked Article 50 of the EU treaty, triggering two years of complex negotiations with the European Commission in Brussels on the terms and conditions of the UK departure. Staying ahead of the changes, what will BREXIT mean for supply chains?

FDA Introduces Five Import District Offices

As reported by our friends at the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC), on May 15, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) announced a reorganization of the FDA Import Offices and Ports of Entry. This reorganization is part of the FDA's Program Alignment, which was announced in September 2013. The FDA regions will now be divided into five districts each with a lead office for field activities as well as providing guidance on imports, inspections, and enforcement policy. According to the notice district will be organized by FDA-regulated product, which will, "enhance the effectiveness of our communications, our processes, and our ability to keep pace with scientific innovation and protect public health.

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