FMD Compliance Solution for Pharmaceutical Dispensers and Hospital Pharmacies

October 10, 2018: rfxcel, the global leader in track and trace solutions, has released its compliance solution, rfxcel Code Check (rCC), designed to address the specific requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) for pharmaceutical dispensers and hospital pharmacies.

By February 9, 2019 all pharmaceutical dispensers in the European Economic Area (EEA) must be able to electronically verify and decommission prescription medicines before dispensing. rfxcel has applied its fifteen years of traceability expertise and work with pharmacists to develop a simplified, pharmacy specific workflow that addresses the FMD validation process.

Mark Davison, Senior Operations Director Europe, rfxcel, comments: “The Falsified Medicines Directive will soon impact all pharmacies in Europe, and will require dispensers to verify pack features – tamper evidence and data matrix code – prior to dispensing medicines to the patient. This involves an established and ongoing connection to their National Medicines Verification System (NMVS) as well as a scanner capable of reading the data matrix codes printed on medicine packs. As an accredited FMD service provider, rfxcel can facilitate a secure connection to any NMVS, while rfxcel Code Check (rCC) addresses all the functions required under FMD.”

Functionality within rfxcel’s FMD software has been adapted to build a workflow uniquely designed to enable dispensers to manage split packs, aggregation to bag level during preparation of prescriptions in advance, re-commissioning of items from no-shows, and other pharmacy-specific activities impacted by FMD. In addition, rfxcel Code Check (rCC) offers seamless integration with standard data matrix scanners and is available standalone or as an integrated solution with all major pharmacy software providers, providing a range of options and reducing risk.

Mark concludes: “Organisations in the medicine supply chain, including pharmaceutical dispensers, urgently need clarity and support if they are to meet the complex requirements of the FMD by February 2019, especially amidst continued uncertainty around Brexit. More specifically, they need guidance from experienced solution providers with traceability expertise. The FMD is endlessly challenging, but rfxcel Code Check (rCC) builds these requirements into existing pharmacy workflows and offers a great opportunity to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency.”

Demonstrations of rfxcel Code Check (rCC)  will be available to visitors to the Pharmacy Show, 7th & 8th October 2018, Birmingham NEC, UK.

rfxcel to present its Pharmacy FMD Compliance Solution

October 2, 2018 Global track and trace software provider, rfxcel, is attending the upcoming Pharmacy Show, which takes place on Sunday the 7th and Monday 8th of October 2018 at The NEC in Birmingham, where it will present its latest FMD compliance solution, rfxcel SNAP, designed specifically to meet the needs of pharmaceutical dispensers.

By February 9, 2019 all pharmaceutical dispensers in the European Economic Area (EEA) must be able to electronically verify and decommission prescription medicines before dispensing. For UK pharmacies, this means new rules for coding and verifying, decommissioning and recommissioning prescription medicines, as well as facing continued uncertainty around Brexit and the UK’s role as a major exporter of medicines. rfxcel is able to help the industry meet these challenges with its simplified, pharmacy specific workflow that addresses all aspects of the FMD validation process.

In addition, Mark Davison, Senior Operations Director Europe at rfxcel, will be hosting a speaker session entitled, “FMD compliance: a simple guide to getting your pharmacy ready for February 2019”.  This session will take place between 12:45 and 13:15 on Sunday 7th October in The Pharmacy Technology Theatre.

Mark will outline the practical expectations that the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) is placing on UK pharmacies. Cutting through the hyperbole and misinformation around FMD and Brexit, Mark will focus on the knowledge you need to ensure compliance.

In the session, delegates will benefit from the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand FMD and how it impacts UK pharmacies
  • Get clarity on Brexit and ‘what-if’ scenarios
  • Understand what FMD solutions and tools are available
  • Get proven tips to become FMD compliant… quickly!

Delegates to the event will be able to see demonstrations of rfxcel SNAP and rfxcel’s FMD compliance software at Stand PE26 as well as get a chance to discuss, debate and share the latest issues with rfxcel experts.

rfxcel Extends Solutions to Food & Beverage

October 11, 2018, San Ramon, CA – rfxcel, the Leader in Track and Trace Solutions for the pharmaceutical market, announced today that it is extending its leading-edge track and trace solutions to the Food and Beverage industry. Like the pharmaceutical market, the Food and Beverage industry seeks innovative technologies to protect their consumers and brand reputations from contamination, adulteration, and fraud.  rfxcel’s track and trace solutions offer farm to fork product visibility, providing unprecedented supply chain insights.

Glenn Abood, CEO of rfxcel said “The Food and Beverage industry is similar to pharma. Like pharma, the Food and Beverage industry is under a tremendous amount of pressure to deliver products free of contamination, adulteration, fraud, and diversion. It’s a highly competitive, regulated market with little room for error. Their supply chain operations must be lean, reliable, and automated in such a way that the supply chain learns and adapts quickly. Our track and trace solutions do just that. We are an industry leader in track and trace. Not only does it make sense for us to offer our solutions to the Food and Beverage industry, but I am also pleased that our entry into this segment is a continuation of our founding principle, which is to deliver safe products to consumers.”

rfxcel’s complete end-to-end solution offers Food and Beverage Traceability, Serialization Processing, Ingredients Traceability, Finished Goods Traceability, Compliance Management, Blockchain Enabler, and Environmental Monitoring. rfxcel’s award-winning Environmental Monitoring tool helps to protect products from contamination and enables the quick identification of products for surgical recalls.

rfxcel’s solutions implemented separately or in toto, provide valuable supply chain insights starting at harvest, ending with consumers, and all points in-between. rfxcel’s solutions give suppliers and retailers the ability to optimize their supply chains and keep the food in their supply chains safe; and enable the tracking of ingredients and raw materials through to finished goods, by lot or by item.

“It has never been easier for consumers to enjoy food from other countries or for retail chains to import foods to serve their customers. Moreover, while consumers enjoy choice, they’re equally committed to transparency, provenance, and authentication of the food they eat. Our solutions, and in particular our Environmental Monitoring solution, provide the critical components for companies to realize true track and trace, secure their supply chains, and deliver the transparency the consumer expects.” – said Todd Fabec, Sales Director, Food & Beverage, rfxcel.

 

About rfxcel

rfxcel is a world-class supply chain track and trace company. rfxcel provides leading-edge track and trace solutions to help companies meet regulatory compliance requirements, protect their products, and brand reputation. rfxcel has been an industry leader since 2003, expanding to locations beyond the US to include the EU, LATAM, India, and APAC. rfxcel’s integrated track and trace software suite delivers better business outcomes and lowers supply chain costs.

 

Herb Wong

Head of Marketing

hwong@rfxcel.com

(925) 824-0300

 

UK Government Selects rfxcel to Participate in the Digital Outcomes & Specialists Framework

October 2, 2018 San Ramon, CA – rfxcel, the leader in track and trace solutions for global supply chains, announced today that it is now an approved UK government Digital Market Place vendor under the Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework.  

The Digital Outcomes and Specialist framework, also known as DOS, allows the public sector and arm’s length bodies in the UK to buy from a preapproved list of vendors to expedite contracting. This reduces time and costs of procurement and provides rfxcel with the opportunity to support a wide array of digital supply chain transformation efforts across the public sector.  

“As an approved Digital Market Place vendor, we are able to provide the UK public sector with the same leading-edge digital supply chain technology as their private sector counterparts. Furthermore, as an experienced Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) service provider, DOS will enable us to work more closely with the NHS trusts and pharmacists to assist in their FMD implementation efforts. This is especially important given the February 2019 deadline for FMD is fast approaching,” – said Mark Davison, Senior Operations Director – Europe, rfxcel.  

Contact us today to learn more about our digital supply chain traceability solutions. 

About rfxcel 

rfxcel is a world-class supply chain track and trace company. rfxcel provides leading-edge track and trace solutions to help organisations meet regulatory compliance requirements, protect their products, and brand reputation. rfxcel has been an industry leader since 2003, with global locations including USA, EU, Latin America, India and Asia Pacific. rfxcel’s integrated track and trace software suite delivers better business outcomes and lowers supply chain costs. 

Herb Wong 

Head of Marketing 

hwong@rfxcel.com 

(925) 824-0300 

rfxcel Announces New U.S. Public Services Vertical

September 18, 2018 San Ramon, CA – rfxcel, the leader in track and trace solutions for the pharmaceutical market, announced today entry into the U.S. public sector with a new U.S. Public Services vertical. This new vertical will provide leading-edge track and trace solutions for federal agencies, state and local governments as well as defense and law enforcement.  

Glenn Abood, CEO of rfxcel said, “we decided to invest in a U.S. Public Services vertical because there is a national opioid crisis, and a growing problem with foreign drugs entering the legitimate supply chain. These problems impact not only drug prices, but also drug safety, which has been a founding principle of our organization from the beginning.”  

rfxcel’s entry into the public sector highlights the need for more sophisticated track and trace technology solutions for government to combat threats to public health. “There is growing intersection between the goals and needs of the public and private sector because of laws like the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), Drug Quality Security Act (DSQA), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). rfxcel understands enforcement challenges. We will work with government agencies to implement many of the same track and trace solutions used in the private sector, and bridge the information gap to allow for a more complete view of data required by laws and regulations,” – said Jack Tarkoff, CSO, rfxcel.  

“Today marks an important milestone in our business as we extend our capabilities into government by announcing the creation of a new U.S. Public Services vertical led by Greg Moulthrop, Vice President of U.S. Public Services. In the past, while we have not directly partnered with the government, we have been good stewards of the laws that protect consumers from counterfeit, contaminated, stolen and adulterated pharmaceutical products. For years, we have worked with our private industry partners to ensure the practical application and implementation of requirements in response to laws and regulations, and have developed innovative solutions that meet and exceed regulatory requirements.  It is therefore not only a natural evolution of our business to move into the public sector, but also a natural fit as our business is able to offer similar innovative solutions to government and law enforcement,” – said Glenn Abood, CEO, rfxcel.  

About rfxcel U.S. Public Services  

Our mission is to develop innovative solutions for federal, state, defense and law enforcement agencies that utilize our robust track and trace platform and capitalize on existing laws and technologies. We understand that the government has made significant investments to enact laws and regulations that protect citizens and consumers from counterfeit or harmful products and predatory practices, which is why rfxcel strives to provide solutions that pair leading-edge track and trace solutions with powerful data and insights for better decision making.  

 

Contact us today to learn more about our Public Services solutions.  

 

Herb Wong 

Head of Marketing 

hwong@rfxcel.comP 

(925) 824-0300 

rfxcel Awarded a Group Purchasing Contract by Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance

August 29, San Ramon, CA:  rfxcel announces it has been awarded a contract with the Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) for FDA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Compliance Solutions.

rfxcel’s dynamic traceability platform enables companies to protect patients, comply with regulatory mandates, e.g., DSCSA, and gain visibility into their supply chain. rfxcel’s commitment to customer success and continuous innovation ensures that companies can meet today’s requirements and tomorrow’s challenges.

The Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) is a free, voluntary group purchasing organization for government facilities that provide healthcare services. MMCAP has been delivering pharmacy and healthcare value to members since 1985. MMCAP’s membership extends across nearly every state in the nation, delivering volume buying power. Members receive access to a full range of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products and services, such as medical supplies, influenza vaccine, dental supplies, drug testing, wholesaler invoice auditing, and returned goods processing.

“We are honored to be selected by MMCAP to help their members become and stay compliant with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The end goal of the DSCSA is to ensure the safety of patients and consumers. This is an exciting time of change in the industry and we look forward to helping MMCAP members meet this goal,” said Glenn Abood, rfxcel’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

About rfxcel

Founded in 2003 by Glenn Abood and Jack Tarkoff, rfxcel is the first company to focus on the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain, and bring advanced track and trace software to manufacturers, repackagers, wholesalers, distributors, and dispensers. rfxcel’s mission is to be the thought leader in traceability technology, and to enable customers to better manage their business today and deliver value tomorrow.

To learn more about rfxcel please contact us at https://www.rfxcel.com/contact-rfxcel/.

Herb Wong

Head of Marketing

hwong@rfxcel.com

(925) 824-0300

 

Top 6 India Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Choose rfxcel

August 22, 2018 San Ramon, CA – rfxcel, the leader in track and trace solutions for the pharmaceutical market, today announced tremendous growth in India. rfxcel more than doubled its annual sales performance in India and APAC. This speaks to the significant market opportunities and demand for traceability technologies delivered by rfxcel.

Our rapid growth in India is the result of our dominant position in the serialization platform space and our emergence as the leader in track and trace technologies. Through our focus on customer success and product innovation, we have become the trusted global traceability standard for more than 300 brands,” said Vikash Pushpraj, Senior Vice President of rfxcel. “Over the past year, we have invested heavily in building traceability technology critical for regulatory compliance and supply chain visibility.  As a result, we have emerged as the essential traceability platform, focused on full-service on-boarding, 24/7 support, and the platform for true data integrity.

Traceability is the primary focus for the life sciences in 2018. According to a rfxcel customer survey of 100+ brands, 89% believe collaboration, full-service onboarding, continued support, and interoperability are important for a successful and secure supply chain. rfxcel is the first-ever traceability platform to help companies of all sizes and industries easily connect and integrate with trading partners, resulting in predictable outcomes and lower supply chain costs.

rfxcel’s unwavering commitment to our success has enabled us to grow our serialization program and engage our trading partners more effectively,” said a CIO at one of India largest pharmaceutical companies based in Mumbai, India; “rfxcel is an innovative company delivering cutting-edge technology and data-driven intelligence that we can leverage in our programs.

Because of this growth, rfxcel has achieved many major milestones, including:

Exceptional Business Performance in India: rfxcel more than doubled annual sales growth and its customer base in 2018; while securing wins with 6 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in India.

Exceptional Growth in Europe: rfxcel announced its successful expansion in the UK and EMEA, with triple digit revenue growth since 2017.  This includes an increase in sales headcount by 300% and an expansion in our delivery and support teams by 350% in the same period.

New Board Members: Chris Sultemeier (President and CEO of Walmart Transportation LLC.) and Martin Van Trieste (Chief Quality Officer and SVP of Quality at Amgen), joined rfxcel’s Board of Directors. Veterans of supply chain, Chris and Martin have played instrumental roles guiding highly visible supply chain and traceability efforts.

About rfxcel:

rfxcel is a world-class supply chain track and trace company. rfxcel provides leading-edge track and trace solutions to help companies meet regulatory compliance requirements, protect their products, and brand reputation. rfxcel has been an industry leader since 2003, expanding to locations beyond the US to include the EU, LATAM, India and APAC. rfxcel’s integrated track and trace software suite delivers better business outcomes and lowers supply chain costs.

 

Herb Wong

Head of Marketing

hwong@rfxcel.com

(925) 824-0300

 

rfxcel Enhances Pharmaceutical Track and Trace Solution for Russia

Pharmaceutical Track and Trace Solution for Russia, August 16, 2018:  rfxcel, the global leader in track and trace solutions, releases enhancements to its compliance solution for Russia and kicks off additional customer implementations in the Russian marketplace.

Russia compliance is now fully embedded in rfxcel’s Compliance Management (rCM) and Serialization Processing (rSP) modules. The extended Russia support builds upon rfxcel’s awarding winning Traceability System (rTS) and continues rfxcel’s long-standing commitment to help customers meet global compliance needs.

rfxcel is actively rolling out its Russia compliance solution for pharmaceutical customers to meet the serialization, aggregation, traceability, and reporting requirements for the Russian market.  As one of the first compliance providers to implement for Russia, rfxcel is strategically positioned to help pharmaceutical companies achieve compliance well in advance of the January 1, 2020 deadline mandated by the Russian government.

Russia’s Federal law 425-FZ requires medicines to be uniquely identified across packing levels with additional Russia-specific cryptography.  Under Russia’s Federal law, participants must track and report products in various stages of the supply chain.  This information is reported to Russia’s centralized Federal State Information System for Monitoring Drug Circulation (FSIS MDC).

“We are extremely proud to work with our customers to meet Russia’s compliance regulations – arguably the most complex in the world.  Delivering a serialization, aggregation and reporting solution for compliance requires not only robust software, but also demands an experienced local and international team with the skills and flexibility to manage an end-to-end project.  rfxcel offers both the solution and service to ensure success,” said Mark Davison, Senior Operations Director, Europe.

Many pharmaceutical companies are challenged in providing resources to meet and deliver a fully validated compliance solution.  The rfxcel implementation team consists of both global and local Russian resources who provide a full-service experience.  This approach is extremely well received by our customers and allows them to shift the worry of compliance to rfxcel so they can focus on their core business.

 

About rfxcel

rfxcel is a leading-edge track and trace solution to help companies meet regulatory compliance requirements, protect their products, and brand reputation. rfxcel has been an industry leader since 2003, expanding to locations beyond the US to include the EU, Russia, India, Brazil, and APAC. rfxcel’s unique integrated track and trace software suite delivers better business outcomes and lowers supply chain costs.

To learn more about rfxcel or participate in rfxcel’s Russia compliance program please contact us at https://www.rfxcel.com/contact-rfxcel/.

 

Herb Wong

Head of Marketing

hwong@rfxcel.com

(925) 824-0300

Turkish Pharmaceutical Industry leader, Abdi Ibrahim, selects rfxcel for FMD compliance

August 2, 2018: Abdi Ibrahim, the Turkish pharmaceutical industry leader, has carefully selected rfxcel to implement and support new compliance management and serialisation processing software to ensure full compliance with current and future international legislative requirements ahead of the 2019 EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) deadline.

 

Abdi Ibrahim, founded in 1912, began as a small pharmacy that has since grown into the leader of Turkey’s pharmaceutical industry, holding the largest product portfolio within the sector and operating in 10 countries outside of Turkey. Today, Abdi Ibrahim’s portfolio exceeds 180 brands and more than 350 products which it exports to 50 countries ranging from Canada to the European Union member states, from North Africa to Asia.

 

With the February 2019 FMD deadline fast approaching, Abdi Ibrahim needed a solutions provider that would enable them to become compliant in time for the FMD deadline, but additionally would fulfil their need for new, modern technological operations with data integrity at their core.

 

After an in depth review, analysing several industry products and providers, Adbi Ibrahim selected rfxcel due to the solution’s rich functionality as well as the company’s Single Tenant private cloud deployment, its full-service implementation methodology, flexibility and speed and competitive pricing.

 

Rumeysa Tanrikulu, Information Systems Supervisor at Abdi Ibrahim explains, “It was really important for us to implement a software solution that was single-tenant rather than multi-tenant. rfxcel was one of the only single tenant providers that offered a bespoke service at a reasonable cost. What’s more, the team at rfxcel was direct, clear and extremely helpful, answering all the questions we threw at them.”

 

She adds, “The team was friendly and driven not by the sale, but by the benefit they could bring to the business. For us, given the weight of responsibility we feel we carry in improving the health of the population we serve, their company ethos was very much aligned to ours. So far, our relationship has been honest, collaborative and we have full visibility of the implementation process that will help ensure not only regulatory compliance, but a future-proof supply chain that is built upon the foundation of data quality.”

 

Adbi Ibrahim is currently mid-implementation with aims for the compliance management and serialisation processing software to be live during October 2018.

 

About rfxcel

rfxcel is a supply chain track and trace company within the Life Sciences industry, helping companies meet regulatory compliance requirements, protect the product and ascertain brand reputation. Thought leadership and experience since 2003, expansions to locations in the US, EU, India, Brazil, and Japan, and a leading stand-alone traceability solution, the company, enables people, businesses, and industries to protect end consumers and their products. This unique integrated software delivers better business outcomes and lowers overall costs.

Find more information about how rfxcel is shaping the future of supply chain at https://www.rfxcel.com

 

Herb Wong

Head of Marketing

Hwong@rfxcel.com

(925) 824-0300

rfxcel VRS (Verification Router Service) Pilot Open to All Supply Chain Partners

July 31, 2018:  rfxcel, the global leader in track and trace solutions, announces the start of rfxcel VRS Pilot, which is now open to all pharmaceutical trading partners.  This is a major step in helping organizations meet the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirement for Saleable Returns.

rfxcel is already working with VRS participants from the “Big Three” wholesalers, manufacturers, repackagers, national/regional pharmacies and dispensers.  To support the readiness of the industry, rfxcel is taking the next step and is extending its VRS pilot to all DSCSA stakeholders.

“This is a significant commitment from rfxcel to meet a critical need in the pharmaceutical industry.  VRS is important to the success of DSCSA.  We realize that there are many who need to evaluate the readiness of their organization.  To facilitate this, rfxcel is taking an unprecedented step and opening up our VRS Pilot to all trading partners,” said Atul Mohidekar, Chief Technology Officer of rfxcel.

VRS is an industry initiative sponsored by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). It allows pharmaceutical supply chain partners to quickly exchange data and verify the validity of a product being returned for sale.  The end goal of this effort is to ensure the authenticity of products and the safety of patients and consumers.

rfxcel VRS effort will support both Requestor and Responder scenarios to ensure end-to-end compliance. Using the Responder functionality, manufacturers and repackagers will be able to respond to verification requests. Distributors will be able to use the Requester functionality to verify authenticity of the resalable products.  A key requirement of VRS is the support for a Lookup Directory (LD), which enables quick delegation of requests to the proper owners. rfxcel will provide the LD functionality to facilitate routing of product authentication requests. rfxcel will also provide an option to use blockchain-based VRS and the LD solution to align itself with industry initiatives. With the combination of VRS, LD, Responder and Requester capabilities, rfxcel will be able to provide the full spectrum of verification functionality to manufacturers, repackagers and distributors to comply with the DSCSA law.

“rfxcel has always supported an open partner ecosystem.  We are committed to working with HDA, our customers and other pharmaceutical trading partners to help secure the supply chain.  This effort will save lives and it is imperative to have this in place for patients and consumers.  Opening up rfxcel VRS Pilot to the industry will help to accelerate this process,” said Glenn Abood, Chief Executive Officer of rfxcel.

 

To learn more about rfxcel  or participate in rfxcel VRS pilot please contact us at Contact Us.

 

About rfxcel

rfxcel is a supply chain track and trace company. rfxcel provides leading-edge track and trace solutions to help companies meet regulatory compliance requirements, protect their products, and brand reputation. rfxcel has been an industry leader since 2003, expanding to locations beyond the US to include the EU, India, Brazil, and Japan. rfxcel’s unique integrated track and trace software suite delivers better business outcomes and lowers supply chain costs.

 

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