The pharmaceutical industry is currently undergoing significant changes. Companies are affected by increased competition from emerging markets, pricing pressures, and pipeline challenges. Providers in the industry CRO’s, CMO’s and CDMO’s need to adapt or fear being left behind. As the Contract Manufacturing Trend Report by Clarkston Consulting predicts, contract manufacturers that differentiate their offerings and capabilities will have a much better chance to retain their customers and grow their business within this increasingly competitive marketplace.
One way to differentiate and enhance your offering to pharmaceutical sponsors is to offer temperature monitoring as a value-added service. TSS cloud solution can help you and your sponsor achieve leaner process flows and increased visibility across all clinical sites that results in improved data availability and compliance as well as significant time and resource savings both for you and your sponsor. There is even more to the story, below are some of the additional benefits of a diversified and integrated temperature monitoring solution.
Efficient Excursion Management
Handling big volumes of temperature data and deviations can easily become a burden. Without the right tools, you may find yourself hunting for the data you need through numerous pdf-files that are manually emailed and thereafter stored somewhere in a local repository. When providing temperature monitoring as a value-added service, it is important to consider the solution’s capacity to efficiently handle temperature excursions. To avoid having to manually keep track of temperature files, one should offer a cloud solution where all of the shipment data is captured, automatically secured and instantly accessible in the cloud.
In other words, handling temperature excursions should not be a burden.
With the cloud solution from TSS, an automatic excursion email is sent to the assigned parties the moment the monitor interacts with the system.
The responsible person can then immediately initiate whatever follow-up action is necessary.
The pharmaceutical sponsors will be continuously updated on the mission status, increasing the transparency and interaction throughout the process.
All of the data can later be accessed for further analysis and evaluation. For example if there is a request from the sponsor to collect all outstanding temperature data from the different clinical sites, you would already have all the data easily accessible in the cloud in a matter of seconds.
When the data monitor interacts with the system, an automatic excursion email is sent to the assigned parties and all data is automatically stored and secure in the cloud data-base. All data is automatically linked to the right shipment.
To ensure a smooth process flow the TSS Cloud solution allows for each temperature record to be automatically tied to a specific shipment. Through integration with SAP or any other ERP systems, all clinical study data as well as various types of meta-data, such as origin, destination, mode of transport, packaging solution, or freight forwarder milestones, can be automatically associated with a shipment and linked to the data logger. This type of automatic process can also be obtained by having 2D barcodes printed on a packing list, unique for every shipment. All of these automated functionalities save time and resources while reducing the risk for human mistakes.
Pharmaceutical Sponsors Saves Time and Effort through Customer Reports
Another value-added feature that you can recognize with a modern temperature monitoring solution is extensive reporting capabilities. Depending on what information the pharmaceutical sponsors want to see, standardized or customized reports can be compiled on a regular basis to enable the sponsor to analyze and assess the performance of different parameters, such as routes, mode of transport, packaging solutions, or freight forwarders. The prospect of manually going through numerous pdf-files on a regular basis is tedious and time consuming. Therefore providing all necessary information through in-depth reports is typically a highly appreciated feature by the sponsors.
Meeting Today’s Needs and Tomorrow’s Challenges
Although there are numerous different strategies to ponder in order to distinguish oneself from other CMO, CRO’s and CDMO’s, there is one common denominator in order to be successful, the ability to truly identify your customer’s current needs as well as the challenges they are to face in the future. In order to succeed, you should be able to meet these needs today and to tackle these challenges in the future. This can be done by offering value-added services not yet offered by your competition.