Exploring Outsourcing in the Digital Era
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Exploring Outsourcing in the Digital Era

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 19, 2020

CMOs that shift to a more computerized and digitized operation will relish a considerable competitive advantage in the short term, evidently reducing risk for their clients.

FREMONT, CA: On the contrary to most products they purchase, customers do not have a way to evaluate the quality of the medications they take readily. For instance, a consumer can immediately see that a phone purchased online is defective if it arrives with a broken screen. Meanwhile, detecting impurities in medicinal drugs is not so simple.

Earlier, pharmaceutical businesses fundamentally assured the marketplace of their product quality with the memo reading they make what they sell and sell what they make. In distinction, customers would be assured of the quality of a drug as the same company managing the end-to-end product development, from R&D to manufacturing and marketing.

Today, if asked, most consumers will likely say they have faith in every drug they take made by the firm whose name appears on the label. They would unquestionably expect all drugs to be produced and quality controlled using the finest available technologies.

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In reality, over 60 percent of pharma manufacturing is outsourced, and while the sector has shifted dramatically in that aspect, it has not transformed in other areas. Pharma, including generics makers, drug companies, and Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs), lag behind other industries in the employment of modern control and information technologies to enhance quality and efficiency.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and regulatory requirements have progressed slightly over time but have not reformed significantly at their core. They were comprehended before outsourced manufacturing became the stan

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dard when commercially available technology was mostly less advanced. Pharma companies and CMOs remain to depend on disorganized, document-based processes rather than integrated digital systems to administer product manufacturing and knowledge.

However, the time is swiftly changing, where the entire industry is required to move forward. Pharma enterprises will demand their CMOs offer much more robust product information in the electronic form, whether it is due to the rising momentum toward Pharma 4.0 or constricted regulations. Technology vendors in the industry will need to be ready with the innovative systems necessary to support the sea change.

CMOs that shift to a more computerized and digitized operation will relish a considerable competitive advantage in the short term, evidently reducing risk for their clients. The benefit will only become superior when stakeholders across the business finally bind to a more connected approach to knowledge management and manufacturing.

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