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June 24, 2016

Securing The Supply Chain for the DSCSA

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The Drug Quality and Security Act (DSCSA), signed into law in November 2013, introduces legislation that details critical steps that the US government will be implementing to track and identify certain prescription drugs as they are dispersed throughout the United States.

 

The DSCSA seeks to improve the ability of the government to track the whereabouts of individual pharmaceutical packages while in transit throughout the supply chain, while also placing certain compliance standards on supply chain, transportation, and warehousing companies actively involved in the pharmaceutical shipping and logistics industries.

 

These measures will directly impact a variety of areas within the supply chain, including manufacturers, distributors, and dispensaries of pharmaceuticals. Cambridge Security Seals has been working with companies as they develop their compliance plans, and invites organizations seeking compliance to include us as they look to meet these standards. 

 

CSS’ industry experience provides a source of information and ideas on measures that companies can take that will help them meet the compliance standards of the DSCSA as well as explore various tamper-evident and real-time tracking solutions that can help improve their overall security protocols. 

 

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Securing the Supply Chain

Within the supply chain, there are various points of contact where the transfer of product responsibility occurs. It is imperative that companies take measures to prevent tampering and theft, as these incidents would cause a failure in DSCSA compliance for the company handling the cargo. Having the proper security measures in place at these moments can effectively guard against tampering and theft.

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CSS Solutions

CSS manufactures low-cost security seals that have proven to be ideal for companies looking to implement a tamper-evident program within their organization. Durable plastic and metal tamper-evident seals, as well as ISO 17712 high-security seals, can be utilized to secure container loads and are well-equipped to handle all types of weather conditions while in transit.

 

With respect to the DSCSA, CSS’ security seals feature the ability to be customized alphanumerically, with logos, and with barcodes, which provides enhanced security that contributes towards meeting compliance standards. In addition, CSS offers customizable tamper-evident tape which can be applied to corrugated boxes and pharmaceutical totes for added layers of security.

 

Plastic Security Seals

CSS' tamper-evident plastic seals enable companies to track packages seamlessly, and quickly, as barcodes can be entered into a database and verified along the supply chain. For added security, each seal can also feature custom text, serial number sequencing, and logos. This allows shipments or lots, to be easily identified, should anyone need to narrow down the search for a specific product or package.

 

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CSS Metal Security Seals

CSS offers high-security cable and bolt seals that are an excellent option for companies looking to meet DSCSA compliance standards. These seals not only provide tamper evidence, they also provide added security and can be used by manufacturers securing cargo within their warehouses before shipping the items to distributors, and by distributors, logistics, and transportation companies involved in the transit of the goods. 

 

Cable Seals

Our 3.5mm and 5mm cable seals are C-TPAT compliant and carry the "High-Security Seal" designation as defined by ISO 17712. CSS offers customized fixed-length cable seals for customers with unique requirements. As with most CSS seals, you can select from a wide variety of colors, barcoding, and other enhancements to add extra layers of security and protection.

 

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Bolt Seals

Each one of our bolt seals, which are also C-TPAT and ISO 17712 Compliant, are specifically designed to safeguard valuable cargo, container contents, and cross-border shipments, while providing a trusted in-transit solution for logistics and supply chain concerns across virtually all modes of transportation. This includes sea, air, rail, and truck. Like our Cable Seals, you can select from a wide variety of colors, barcoding, and other enhancements to add extra layers of security and protection.

 

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Innovative Technology

CSS offers GPS container tracking, vehicle tracking, and advanced reporting capabilities to assist companies seeking to meet DSCSA standards. Through CSS' latest partnership with Starcom Systems, CSS provides automated processes for remote tracking, monitoring, and management of fleets of vehicles and containers. 

 

Watchlock 

This solution provides an intelligent integration of security with real-time alerts and lock tracking from location to location. For cargo containers, it tracks the location and sends an alert if there has been a deviation from pre-set routes or time schedules, so it is ideal for companies looking to protect their goods in transit. It is also a highly useful and effective product for insurance purposes.

 

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Tetis

The Tetis and Tetis-R, which is the refrigerated version, provide ongoing monitoring of your container through all stations and checkpoints on its journey from the factory to the customer. Whether dry storage or reefer, land or sea, the container tracking system will watch over your goods as they move from one location to another, regardless of distance or transportation method.

 

The Tetis-R container tracking system will also record accurate measurements of temperature, humidity, and light at any desired time interval (e.g. once a day, every half-hour). These measurements are stored and transmitted by text message or by email.

 

 

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Kylos Forever 

Kylos Forever, with a battery that lasts up to 3 years, will safeguard assets or equipment stored in remote areas for lengthy periods. Using this product, you can keep track of activity in your most isolated sites, reducing the risk of theft or tampering.

 

Helios

The Helios provides GPS vehicle tracking that can be configured to provide real-time custom alerts. With instant information at your fingertips, you can immediately and continuously monitor your vehicle assets and more effectively manage your fleets on a 24/7 basis.

 

Supporting Compliance

The DSCSA is an important piece of legislation, and CSS is offering to provide as much support and assitance as possible to customers seeking to utilize tamper-evident and tracking products within their compliance protocols. For additional information on the DSCSA please visit the official website at http://hubs.ly/H03b5zd0.

 

To discuss your organization's current security program and how CSS can be of service, please submit your information through the form below or contact our team by phone at 845-520-4111 or email at info@cambridgesecurityseals.com

Topics: cargo, freight, supply chain, security seals, dscsa