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Critical Success Factors and Traceability Technologies for Establishing a Safe Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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submitted on 2024-05-09, 08:46 and posted on 2024-05-13, 04:40 authored by Mona Haji, Laoucine Kerbache, K. M. Mahaboob Sheriff, Tareq Al-Ansari

Drug counterfeits have been an international issue for almost two decades, and the latest statistics show that fake medications will continue to penetrate legitimate pharmaceutical supply chains (PSCs). Therefore, identifying the issues faced by PSCs is essential to combat the counterfeit drug problem, which will require the implementation of technologies in various phases of the PSC to gain better visibility. In this regard, a literature review was conducted to fulfill the following objectives: (i) review the application of traceability technologies in various PSC phases to detect counterfeits; (ii) analyze the various barriers affecting the establishment of a safe PSC and the critical success factors used to overcome those barriers; and (iii) develop a conceptual framework and guidelines to demonstrate the influence of traceability technologies and success factors on overcoming the various barriers in different phases of the PSC. The major finding of this review was that traceability technologies and the critical success factors have a significant influence on overcoming the barriers to establishing a safe PSC.

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Published in: Methods and Protocols
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PhD- A Framework for Traceability Technology: Detect Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Manage Safe Recalls in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain -



  • English



Publication Year

  • 2021

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Institution affiliated with

  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Science and Engineering - HBKU