April 29, 2015 – Puerto Rico – Marla Phillips took to the road once again to share the information from the Xavier Health Integrity of Supply Initiative, however, this time outside the continental United States. ExcipientFest 2015 Americas was held in Peurto Rico and offered a roundtable of speakers to discuss the harmonization of the supplier-customer interface and have a discussion on industry approaches to standardizing supplier practices.
Excipient manufacturers, other suppliers of excipients and drug product manufacturers share a common goal of ensuring the reliable and safe supply of pharmaceutical ingredients, but there are obstacles in realizing the optimal way to meet that objective. Differing supplier requirements, practices, and expectations among pharmaceutical companies and excipient suppliers make it challenging to optimize the excipient manufacturing and supply chain. Greater harmonization of supplier practices among all industry stakeholders would facilitate a more cost-effective, efficient, and optimal way to advance technical, business, and regulatory goals. The question was raised, “is harmonization possible and is it a paradigm that the industry can work toward achieving?” Leading experts shared current and proposed initiatives to moving toward harmonized supplier practices. Attendees received practical insight into how companies manage these challenges today and perspective on what steps the industry can take to optimize supplier practices from a technical, business, and regulatory perspective.