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Drug Shortages have a solution but nobody will do it

Drug shortages can’t be solved by using ‘the system’; only by hacking that system. A hack, as defined by Sean Parker, the creator of Napster and Facebook pioneer “is ‘a clever work-around or a clever way of leveraging an existing system to do something you didn’t think it was going to be able to do’ ” […]

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Social Networks in the Enterprise – why is it so hard?…

The % of companies that report success implementing social media in Operations – i.e., at the core of the Enterprise – was the same in 2014 as in 2011 – about 30%. Why? Facebook is probably the information technology with the fastest and broadest penetration in our society – ever! It reached 50M people in […]

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7 strategies to deal with competitor backorders in Canadian Generics

The Generic Pharmaceutical industry is one of the most dynamic industries I’ve ever experienced – at least in Canada. In this industry, something significant happens every year that changes patterns of demand in the market and challenges supply chains. But sometime in 2009, things began changing in a way that’s been building up since and is […]

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Generic Pharma – ripe for disruption!

I’m going to describe something I’d love to do but for which I don’t have the means. Then, I am going to send this post to people I know have the means. Let’s see what happens. I’ve spent the last 10 years working in Generic Pharma in Canada, with some involvement in the US and […]

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The lack of reliability of Generic Pharma supply chains

Most industries have gone through several typical waves of transformation in the past 20+ years, namely customer centricity, consolidation and globalization. They haven’t all happened at the same time but for the older industries – e.g., Banking and Telecommunications – they took place largely in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Generic Pharmaceuticals is a relatively […]

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Can we put an end to chronic drug shortages

Today I picked up yet another article about the crisis of drug shortages in the U.S., this one by The New Your Times on MSNBC.com. Many of the usual causes alleged by other articles are mentioned here: industry consolidation, quality challenges, price issues, etc. Ok, we know all this and it’s getting old… What are […]

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The challenge of social tools in ‘old’ industries

At a recent Webinar hosted by the Enterprise 2.0 conference, I talked about my experience applying social tools in a pharmaceutical, manufacturing environment (that of Teva Canada). A number of questions were asked about the challenges these tools face with the ‘incumbent’ culture. The pharmaceutical industry is known for its conservative environment and bringing to […]

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