The company’s Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software system has been designed to track raw materials from receipt through to shipment.
By doing this Jay Deakins, president of Deacom, believes that pharmaceutical manufacturers can achieve a range of benefits, covering day-to-day compliance to one off recalls.
He said: "The importance of true lot tracking for pharmaceutical manufacturers has never been more apparent. Not only is it necessary for regulatory compliance requirements, but for product recall purposes, as well.
"If you use multiple software systems to manage your pharmaceutical business, you are prone to workarounds and less able to control against errors. That makes compliance difficult to achieve, and it adds time to the already time-sensitive product recall process."
Furthermore, Deacom claims its ERP software achieves ‘true lot tracking’ by prohibiting negative inventory and posting transactions in real time. Negative inventory occurs “by shipping products that contain items you have not yet received in your system”, according to Deakins.
Preventing this eases the process in event of a recall, as the manufacturer will know exactly what is in their inventory and will not have to waste time searching original records.
All this is facilitated by the use of hand-held scanners that track items in real time as they move through inventory, production, quality control and shipment.
In addition this system will alert the user if inventory has expired and can no longer be used or if an item scanned for production does not match the batch ticket, which prevents accidental substitutions.