Pharmaceutical supply chain surveillance programs based on experienced counterfeit and falsified medicine investigations supported by expert testing

Pharmaceutical supply chain surveillance can reduce the risks posed by counterfeit and falsified medicines. These potentially harmful products place the health of millions of patients at risk, who naturally assume that the prescription medicines they buy are safe and effective.

Pharmaceutical supply chain surveillance has shown that incidents of substandard or counterfeit medicines continue to increase in what are perceived to be legitimate supply chains around the world. A number of factors have contributed to this rise such as complex pharmaceutical supply chains which are at risk due to under-regulated wholesalers, illicit distributors, non-legitimate internet pharmacies and multiple routes for importation around the world. In recent years, advancements in technology have make it easier for pharmaceutical counterfeiting to copy both product packaging and the pharmaceutical itself so that visually there is little distinction.  

A major industry and global regulatory focus exists to protect the public by preventing these products entering the supply chain or identifying incidents rapidly if safeguards are breached.

As your pharmaceutical supply chain surveillance partner we offer robust, tailored surveillance programs which are built upon Intertek’s many years of experience in anti-counterfeit investigation underpinned by our expert counterfeit testing services.

Our programs provide flexible programs that respond exactly to your needs. Short-term and rapid response programs address fast evolving counterfeit incidents providing assessment and investigational analysis to assist you in your decision making process and so combat the issue quickly.

Mid to long-term supply chain programs help you to maintain long term quality and safety of official supply chains. We offer inspection and testing and auditing resources with supporting guidance and stewardship of supply chain control solutions which can be tailored to the specific product, the point and method of entry into the supply chain and the global region.

Our network of pharmaceutical laboratories include World Health Organisation (WHO) prequalified and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant laboratories which employ a wide range of analytical techniques underpinned by years of expert counterfeit investigational testing to emphatically determine the presence of substandard or counterfeit pharmaceuticals. We are able to supply support to local governments in the form of advice when gaps in local regulation are apparent. Our Total Quality Assurance expertise enables you to identify and mitigate the intrinsic risk in your operations, supply chains and business processes.

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