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Improving pharmaceutical manufacturing strategy and supply chain optimisation

Pharmaceutical firms need to improve the overall efficiency of their supply chain and manufacturing operations because of the strong link between supply chain effectiveness and profitability.

PA Consulting Group works with our pharmaceutical and healthcare clients to help achieve excellence in the supply chain and all manufacturing related operations.

PA's pharmaceutical manufacturing services

Resource management effectiveness requires the linkage of strategic planning, capacity planning, and scheduling and rostering. This is easy to say but incredibly hard to achieve.

PA has demonstrated world-class solutions in this arena, delivering 30% improvements on already highly efficient systems.

Compliance in both manufacturing and the supply chain needs expertise in regulatory, legal and risk domains, which PA has in abundance.

We deliver several pharmaceutical automation projects every year and most require compliance to 21CFR11. We also recognise that clients' needs may differ and so we remain flexible. Our approach has utilised four avenues :

  • focus on predicate records

  • piggyback on existing security 

  • develop within a quality system 

  • produce a single electronic record of all that has occurred.

Machine design

PA also has a broad range of in-house services and experience in machine design, including:

  • multiple industry experience providing creative solutions through cross-fertilisation

  • on-site tools and processes enabling fast and efficient equipment development

  • engineering, specialised technologists, and applied physicist support

  • process and machine audits

  • process and machine cost reduction projects

  • manufacturing profile assessment

  • management and implementation of new processes

  • development of high-speed, on-line quality control equipment: mechanical, optical and sensing systems.

Supply chain effectiveness

Understanding your future manufacturing capacity demand and determining optimal plant allocation strategy is complicated by the problem of scale-up during drug development. Build too much or too soon and you erode profit; build too little or too late and you fail to realise maximum future profit.

PA has a world-leading options modelling capability which allows manufacturers to make informed and sophisticated decisions.

Managing supply chain leakage during distribution is a growing and formidable challenge as re-entry of drugs from access to medicines programmes and counterfeiting take their toll. 

PA's product authentication and supply chain tracking expertise makes us the ideal partner to support pharmaceutical businesses in defining and implementing business solutions that require the selection and subsequent adoption of new technologies within a heavily regulated environment


To discuss an issue of manufacturing strategy or supply chain optimisation with one of our healthcare experts, please contact us now.

Contact the life sciences team

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