Sharp Packaging Services Selects TraceLink to Achieve DSCSA Compliance

Partnership will help Sharp Packaging Services eliminate point-to-point integration complexities and reduce business risk for its extensive pharmaceutical customer base.

With the next phase of requirements under the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) rapidly approaching, Sharp Packaging Services has purchased a range of serialization solutions from TraceLink.

TraceLink serves as a global track-and-trace network for connecting the life sciences supply chain and eliminating counterfeit prescription drugs from the global marketplace. As the preferred serialization provider for Sharp's Commercial Packaging and Clinical Services business in the U.S., UK, and Europe, TraceLink will help eliminate point-to-point integration complexities and reduce business risk for Sharp's extensive pharmaceutical customer base.

“We needed a cost-effective track-and-trace solution provider that was proven in ensuring supply chain protection and risk mitigation, with the agility to quickly connect and validate the brands within our infrastructure,” says Rick Seibert, SVP Innovation and Technology at Sharp. “Our partnership with TraceLink demonstrates Sharp’s ongoing commitment to deliver on its mission of providing quality products and services to our customers, while complying with the most demanding global and U.S. requirements for drug serialization.”

“Sharp is a forward-thinking industry leader for serialization and recognized the critical need to migrate from its point-to-point serialization system to an interoperable, integrate-once network platform with TraceLink, in order to be fully prepared for the next phase of DSCSA,” says Shabbir Dahod, President and CEO of TraceLink. “As the only digital supply chain network solution that provides scalability at the operational level, TraceLink was chosen by Sharp to help maintain their global efficiencies, keep costs low and meet the complex compliance demands of their growing customer base.”

In Nov. 2017, DSCSA regulations will require the serialization of all drug products and enhanced verification of product identity by pharmaceutical companies and their CMO/CPO partners. These impending requirements pose considerable data management and business process challenges for organizations that do not have a comprehensive serialization strategy and agile enterprise architecture. TraceLink’s Life Sciences Cloud enables customers like Sharp Packaging Services to leverage a network-centric serialization infrastructure that minimizes connections and maximizes reuse of resources across a diverse customer base.

Sharp Packaging Services is an international contract packaging and clinical supply chain services firm that provides innovative and often complex, commercial and clinical services to the life sciences industry. Sharp designs and engineers customer packaging solutions while maintaining the highest quality and service, and is known for the design, serialization and production of innovative, cost-effective compliance packaging for the most complex products.