Implementing Serialization in the Drug Supply Chain

Implementing Serialization in the Drug Supply Chain

Currently, the pharmaceutical industry uses tracking and tracing technology heavily in the upstream supply chain. Maintaining visibility of the source of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) is of utmost importance.

Editor’s Note: Every year, 40 or so students in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics’ (MIT CTL) Master of Supply Chain Management (SCM) program complete one-year thesis research projects. The students are early-career business professionals from multiple countries with 2 to 10 years of experience in the industry. Most of the research projects are chosen, sponsored by, and carried out in collaboration with multinational corporations. Joint teams that include MIT SCM students and MIT CTL faculty work on the real-world problems. In this series, we summarize a selection of the latest SCM research. The SCM thesis Serialization of Prescription Drugs in the US: A Centralized View was authored by Aisha Nabiyeva and David Z. Y. Wu, and supervised by Dr. Bruce Arntzen, Executive Director, Supply Chain Management Program, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics.


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