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DSC Logistics marks 25 years in health care supply chain management, announces VAWD accreditations
DSC Logistics is proud to share information about the company’s 25th year in managing health care distribution networks for medical device, pharmaceutical, specialty pharma and consumer care companies. A key part of our success is based on our vigilance in monitoring and managing state and federal licensing and regulatory requirements. DSC maintains Prescription Drug, Medical Device and Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug Licensing through state regulatory agencies, as well as Drug Establishment and Device Establishment Registrations for the repackaging and relabeling of medical devices and OTC Drugs with the FDA. Managing a comprehensive list of State Licenses on behalf of health care customers, at present, we maintain required licenses for doing business in 47 states, including The District of Columbia, for each of our facilities handling health care products. We are also pleased to announce that we recently had approved our VAWD reaccreditations for in the Los Angeles market, have added an additional accredited facility in the Southeast and are in the process of obtaining accreditation for another facility on the West Coast.

DSC’s VP, Health Care Solutions, speaks at biologistics workshop
14 Dave Bode, DSC’s VP, Health Care Solutions, was a speaker and panelist at an Industry Technical Workshop on “BioLogistics in the Changing Healthcare World” at Northwestern University, April 20.

The workshop, presented by the Northwestern University Transportation Center and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology, covered the topic of change in the transport of products in the healthcare industry being driven by the emergence of environmentally sensitive pharmaceuticals and medical products, and industry and security regulations.

Dave joined other senior executives representing the health care industry and transportation professionals representing companies that provide specialized services for these products to address the many pressing issues relevant to the transport of healthcare products.

DSC Health Care Solutions VP to speak at LogiMed in March
13 Dave Bode, DSC’s Vice President, Health Care Solutions, will present a keynote session on “Critical Medical Device Supply Chain ‘Engines’ for Managing Change” at the LogiMed conference, March 1-3 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans.

Dave’s session, at 10:35 a.m. on March 3, will include discussions of topics such as precision analytics, continuous efficiency improvement, operational flexibility, visibility and management, and risk reduction. The session is part of the Day 3 program for manufacturers and health care providers focusing on “Driving Value in the Supply Chain.”

LogiMed is the largest gathering of medical device and diagnostics supply chain executives in North America. Through case study examples, small group discussions and networking activities, participants identify best practices to improve their end-to-end supply chains and minimize cost in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

Sessions cover global trade management, inventory visibility, supply planning, S&OP, temperature control, M&A integration, provider/manufacturer collaboration, global logistics, and more.

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Fall 2015 marks an exciting period of industry involvement for DSC Health Care as our leaders participate in three major events
12 Fall 2015 marks an exciting period of industry involvement for DSC Health Care as our leaders participate in three major events: LogiPharma Conference (September 27 – 29, Princeton, NJ), presentation of the 2015 Thinkers & Movers Award to two health care leaders (September 28, San Diego, CA), and the Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference (October 12 - 13, Chicago, IL).

LogiPharma 2015 will explore best practices and concepts such as supply chain as a business differentiator, the global coordination of disparate supply chains, and new requirements for monitoring supply chains that handle Specialty drugs and Personalized Medicine.

This year’s Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference will focus on mega-trends that impactPersonal Care supply chain management, including key regulatory and political changes, supply chain landscape changes in the next 5 years, and challenges of integrating Mergers & Acquisitions.

On September 28, DSC will present the 2015 Thinkers & Movers Award to two accomplished supply chain and health care leaders: Mike Duffy, President, Medical Products, Cardinal Health, and Kathy Wengel, Vice President, Supply Chain (Chief Supply Chain Officer), Johnson & Johnson. Thinkers & Movers is an industry-wide award recognizing individuals whose innovative leadership has impacted supply chain thinking and practices. The award will be given at an event in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

DSC Health Care team to host roundtable at LogiMedUSA
11 DSC will host a roundtable discussion and sponsor a panel at the LogiMedUSA conference April 14-16 in San Diego, CA. Dave Bode, Vice President, Health Care Solutions, and Matt Brzica, Director, Health Care Business Development, will represent DSC at the conference for senior level medical device supply chain executives.

At 9:00 a.m. April 14, Dave will join four other supply chain leaders from Medtronic, Becton Dickinson, Integra LifeSciences and CareFusion on a panel about “Successfully Achieving Supply Chain Integration Following Mergers and Acquisitions.” At 4:15 p.m., April 15, Matt will lead a roundtable on the changing health care landscape.

As a provider of supply chain management services to the medical device industry for over 23 years, DSC looks forward to networking with medical device supply chain executives about their plans to leverage the supply chain as a critical business strategy for value creation.

To connect with Dave or Matt at the conference, please call 847-217-2516, or 612-770-5873.

DSC Health Care team develops webinar for medical device executives responsible for Supply Chain
10 “Value Creation in the Medical Device Supply Chain” is the subject of a complimentary interactive webinar developed by DSC’s Health Care team in partnership with Xtalks. The webinar will review practical strategies, solutions and examples for keeping medical device supply chains responsive, aligned and optimized for the changing health care landscape. Through case studies, DSC Health Care team members will discuss best practice supply chain solutions that deliver sustainable value in achieving growth, cost reduction and service goals.

DSC participates in initiative leading to passage of new law enhancing security and integrity of U.S. drug supply chain
9 DSC is proud to have participated in the significant role the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) played in the passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), signed into law in November by President Obama. DSC is one of two 3PLs on the board of the PDSA, a coalition of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, third-party logistics providers and pharmacies.

DSC’s Dave Bode, Vice President, Health Care Solutions, and Matt Brzica, Director, Health Care Business Development, worked with the other members of the PDSA in an 18-month effort to help gain agreement on the model for sharing and authenticating the quality of all drugs, to educate lawmakers about the pharmaceutical supply chain, and to help them draft verbiage for the new law.

Under the new law, all supply chain participants must adhere to uniform national standards that replace the fragmented system of regulations that vary from state to state. The FDA’s regulatory ability will be strengthened and advanced technology will allow for the nationwide tracing of a product’s source and distribution history from manufacturer to pharmacy. The law more clearly defines the role of 3PLs in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

“DSC looks forward to 3PLs being held to a high standard in terms of operational execution of supply chain activities, as well as compliance with federal licensing requirements,” Bode said. “We believe that the high standards will ensure the level of 3PL excellence the industry requires.”

DSC Team recognizes new health care supply chain challenges.
8 While attending the HDMA DMC & Technology Expo* in early March, DSC's health care team, led by Dave Bode, VP, Health Care Solutions, spoke with leaders of life science manufacturers and distributors about recent developments that impact their supply chain. Among concerns they voiced were three major issues:

• The stringent requirements of California's ePedigree Law

• Ongoing concerns related to drug diversion

• Heightened interest in outsourcing supply chain management as a strategy for competing successfully in an increasingly complex environment.

According to Bode, "These rising concerns validate DSC's approach to supply chain management, which is to leave nothing to chance. Based on our experience, we're able to anticipate changes and develop processes and practices that can be adapted and customized.

"Safety and integrity are at the top of the list of priorities with almost every company talked with at the conference. As a supply chain partner with experience in pedigree and serialization, we're finding our customers are looking to us for more leadership in this area."

"We have a set of processes, known as Six-Point Security, that puts our staff on the front line of catching irregularities and monitoring shipments to health care providers."

Two other areas of high interest at the conference were outsourcing niche components of the supply chain and segmentation of the supply chain to support new channels and changing product portfolios.

* HDMA: Healthcare Distribution Management Association DMC: Distribution Management Conference

Dave Bode interviewed by SupplyChainBrain about a new breed of health care supply chain partner
7 At the most recent eyefortransport Life Sciences conference, SupplyChainBrain asked Dave Bode, DSC's Vice President, Health Care Solutions, to describe the difference between what kind of supply chain partner life science companies need now to accomplish their business goals and what used to be sufficient. Dave cited having the expertise to be proactive as one of the critical components of today's health care supply chain management.

DSC takes active role in efforts to ensure pharmaceutical security and integrity
6 DSC Logistics is one of two supply chain management companies working with manufacturers, wholesale distributors and pharmacies to improve regulations surrounding the distribution of pharmaceutical products. The Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) began meeting late spring 2012 with the goal of formulating a uniform federal policy that would ensure patient access to safe medicines.

According to Dave Bode, DSC’s vice president, Health Care Solutions, “This effort is moving forward in a spirit of cooperation and with a sense of shared commitment. Each of the member companies brings a valuable perspective on the many challenges facing those who manufacture and distribute pharmaceuticals.” DSC Logistics’ experience as a supply chain partner to medical device and pharmaceutical companies dates back more than two decades.

Goals of the PDSA recommendations include
• Increasing patient access to safe medicines
• Replacing the patchwork of inconsistent and inefficient state laws
• Improving security of the Drug Distribution System
• Aiding State and Federal agencies in tracing the distribution history of suspect products
• Increasing efficiency through the pharmaceutical distribution system

DSC's Logistics Center in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, which handles health care products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, has received Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors® (VAWD®) accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
5 VAWD certification was achieved at a DSC Logistics Center in Texas in 2010 and is in progress in the Atlanta region. Receiving VAWD certification means that DSC has demonstrated best practices in safeguarding products during shipping, handling, storage, returns, recalls, re-packaging, and kitting. Accreditation is earned through an intensive criteria compliance review, licensure verification, background checks, and an in-depth on-site inspection.

Health Care experts will work with DSC on industry challenges
4 The Health Care Strategy Board consults with DSC leaders on areas such as industry trends, new technologies, emerging capabilities and changes in the regulatory environment. The first four members of DSC's HCSB are Nicholas LaHowchic, Dwight Mater, Ellen Rudnick, and Donna Williamson. Nick Lahowchic’s extensive background as a health care supply chain leader includes experience as president, Supply Chain Services, for Becton Dickinson, , the $4 billion medical technology company with products manufactured in 85 facilities globally and distributed in more than 70 countries. He also served as president & CEO of Limited Logistics Services for Limited Brands. He is a past trustee of the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA). He is the co-author of Start Pulling Your Supply Chain: Leading Responsive Supply Chain Transformation (with Dr. Donald Bowersox). Widely recognized as one of the supply chain’s most innovative leaders Nick was the recipient of DSC Logistics 2011 “Thinkers & Movers” Award. He is the founder and president of Diannic LLC. a management consulting firm. Nick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Farleigh Dickinson University and an MBA from Pace University.

Dwight Mater has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, including executive positions with Cardinal Health, Ross Health Services, and Baxter International. For these companies, he has carried out diverse responsibilities in areas such as finance, strategy, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, business development, process improvement, competitive and market analysis, and marketing and corporate communications. While at Cardinal Health, Dwight developed and implemented strategy, including pursuing acquisitions for the $79 billion pharmaceutical and medical supply chain business. He also led process improvements via Lean Six Sigma for the $8.5 billion medical business. He received a BBA in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan.

Ellen Rudnick is the executive director and clinical professor of the Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She co-founded and served as chairman of Pacific Biometrics, a medical diagnostics company; was president of HCIA and CEO of its predecessor company, Healthcare Knowledge Resources, both health care information service companies; and held the positions of corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare, president and founder of Baxter Management Services Division, and director of strategic planning for Baxter. In addition to other business ventures, Ellen serves on the boards of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Patterson Companies, and Health Management Systems. She was named one of the top 50 women in U.S. business by Business Week in 1987. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Donna Williamson brings more than two decades of experience in the health care industry. A sixteen-year veteran of Baxter International, she was chairman, CEO and president of its surgical products subsidiary, OmniSurgical, Inc. For eight of those 16 years, Donna was responsible for the strategy and P&L of the Health Cost Management group of six divisions, including mail-order drugs, physical therapy clinics, physician office management software, health care data and analysis, and managed care businesses. Subsequent to her career at Baxter, she served as a founding officer and senior vice president for Caremark International a multi-billion dollar health care services business. She most recently served as managing director in ABN Amro’s Private Equity Group, where she led equity investments in health care growth companies. She has an SC.B degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a graduate degree from MIT.

Dave Bode will lead DSC's Health Care specialty
2 Dave Bode began his new role as DSC's vice president, Health Care Solutions, by conducting an assessment of current trends in the health care industry and the supply chain needs of health care and life sciences companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health care supplies. He also is applying his extensive experience in the health care field (formerly with Cardinal Health) and the experience of DSC teams working with health care customers to expand DSC's leadership role in health care supply chain management.

Dave has held sales, marketing, and operational leadership roles in health care for 18 years. As the VP, general manager for a start-up business unit within Cardinal Health, he launched and managed an innovative third-party Logistics business that helped Cardinal's supply chain customers reduce and manage their inbound freight costs. Before Cardinal Health, he was responsible for the Health Care Practice of Icon InfoSystems, a consulting firm and ran projects for clients such as GE Medical Systems, Tyco Healthcare, and Marconi Medical Systems. Most recently, he was vice president, Commercial Markets for UMF Corporation, a company specializing in infection prevention products.

DSC's background in health care supply chain management dates back more than two decades as DSC has customized supply chain solutions and services for Cardinal Health, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle Clinical Nutrition and others.

DSC expands special capabilities in Health Care supply chains
1 Drawing from nearly two decades as a health care supply chain partner, DSC Logistics provides comprehensive capabilities to help companies achieve their goals in the sectors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health care supplies. As an area of strategic focus, health care has earned its own name and identify - DSC/HC - that will represent DSC in the marketplace.

DSC's experience managing the supply chain for health care and life sciences companies includes:
  • Network analysis and design
  • LEAN warehousing and transportation
  • Light manufacturing (for drug kitting, re-packaging and re-labeling)
  • Co-packing and other value-added services
  • Small parcel shipments
  • SKU/lot control
  • Each pick
  • Expiration date management
  • FDA quality systems, VAWD accreditation, and licensing
  • Start-ups involving all the aspects of business integration.
DSC is committed to providing excellent service to its partners' end customers, including health care distributors, hospitals, surgical centers, urgent care centers, physicians' and dentists' offices, laboratories, and home care.

In recognition of operational excellence, DSC has been chosen Health Care Distribution Center of the Year 12 times by long-time customer/partner Kimberly-Clark, based on measurements such as cost, productivity, storage density, order accuracy, on-time shipping, procedures development and compliance, inventory accuracy, DC quality audits and total damage rates. In addition to the specific capabilities and knowledge related to the health care supply chain, DSC brings six key strengths - leadership, collaboration, information, execution, flexibility and integrity -- to future Health Care partnerships, providing partners with a strategic and competitive advantage in the marketplace.