AstraZeneca chooses Axway to track medicines in supply chain

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AstraZeneca, pharmaceutical company, is using Axway’s Track & Trace  system to collect product security data for every pack of medicine in a global repository which can be verified against packs within the supply chain.

The aim is to combat counterfeiting and ultimately improve patient safety.  The Axway Track & Trace repository is now handling close to 100 million serialised product data records, from the three global sites where item-level serialisation was first implemented.

By the end of 2010, ten sites and a total of 33 production lines will be feeding serial numbers into the system, with further sites and lines planned to be connected in 2011.

“We needed a solution that would be flexible and adaptable to fit with our approach. At the time, there was nothing on the market that met our requirements, but Axway had modules that provided a solid foundation for the solution AstraZeneca wanted to build. It really was a co-development project,” said Christoph Krähenbühl, IS programme manager, pack coding and product security at AstraZeneca Global Operations Information.

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