Tag Archives: people

  • Best Practices of Smart Consultants

    A fresh, new start…a brand new you? What kind of consultant are you and who would you like to be in 2015? As we approach the last week of the first month in 2015, if you’re like us, you may have done some self-reflecting, both professionally and personally over the last several weeks. New Year’s resolutions might be in full swing or could have possibly even been forgotten by now. A major question people ask themselves each New Year is: Who do I want to be in 2015? As a pharmaceutical …

  • Consolidation Activity in the Generic Sector

    Consolidation within the generic industry continues to occur at breakneck speed through merger and acquisition activity. Multiple major players are engaged in not one but several mergers simultaneously, a fact that’s perhaps confusing to some people on their respective supply chains. Integration activities often spawn their own issues as organizations with quite different cultures are fused together to blend product portfolios. These do not often fit easily and new strategies need to be …

  • Risks in Lean Compliance

    … risks is what truly gets people talking and from there brilliant ideas are drawn up. Now, in the biopharmaceutical industry going lean is all about taking risks and understanding that risk. So what about the 80:20 rule you may ask? What’s all of the fuss about in regards to identifying risk in lean compliance? Let’s try and wrap our brains around this concept a bit. “Risk is a balance of certainty and uncertainty, in addition to the probability of something occurring.” It’s vital to …

  • Fishbone Analysis

    … fishbone diagram follows a simple, yet systematic approach to understanding the potential downfalls of each of the mechanisms in a biopharmaceutical process (i.e. materials, methods, machines, measurements, environment, and people.) Using fishbone analysis, a team of researchers creates a list of reasons to identify various problems in their findings. When utilizing this technique, one of the best practices involves creating a simple chart (template) for the responses of the research time, …

  • Pharmaceutical Consulting and BMI’s 4th Quarter Update

    … economic climate and healthcare reform strategies will also play a role – one that also opens the door wider for pharmaceutical consulting – in the projected five-year industry slowdown. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to decline from 2.8% in 2010 to 1.8% in 2011, and the weakening economy combined with a dismal labor market has resulted in fewer patients choosing to fill prescriptions, and a decreasing rate of medical services being used by insured people. …

  • Pharmaceutical Consultants Broaden the Scope

    … pharmaceutical consultants provide with respect to attitudes and the way people approach problems and solutions. Why is this important? Because the way we view a problem determines in large part whether or not we find a solution for said problem, and how effective it will be. On September 11, 2001, the unthinkable happened. Foreign terrorists attacked Americans on American soil, killing and maiming thousands. The terrorists, some of whom were living in this country and had been educated here, …

  • The Right Sequence for Lean Manufacturing Implementation

    … really over. [It] is a continuously ongoing journey that requires management attention on each level.” He further states, “To get buy-in on all levels in an operational excellence program it is mandatory that people understand the meaning and objectives of the program. . . . This will ensure that the program is seen as improving the survival and competitiveness of the plant.” Smart Consulting Group has qualified pharmaceutical consultants with extensive industry-specific …

  • Hiring a Pharmaceutical Consultant: 7 Steps to Success

    … problem-solving skills, persistence, faith in the abilities of others, and a willingness to educate people when and where ever necessary. 5. Familiarity with Issues Specific to the Pharmaceutical Industry The pharmaceutical industry is, simply put, unique. That’s why many of the attempts to implement lean manufacturing in this industry have been less than impressive. Transferring what worked in the auto industry directly to the pharmaceutical industry without adjusting for industry-specific …

  • The Continuing Journey of Lean Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry

    … manufacturing system attempted over the last few decades. But in late 2009 and early 2010, Toyota found themselves recalling almost 9 million cars due to quality issues. The final cost to the company is projected to be in the neighborhood of $5 billion. As a result, customer loyalty slid, and people began questioning lean manufacturing itself – wondering whether the inevitable result of all that waste reduction and emphasis on flow is compromised quality. The consensus among analysts is …

  • Transforming the Traditional Approach with Lean Manufacturing Techniques

    … techniques has meant, in some cases, an improvement in throughput time of as much as 70%. A successful implementation of lean manufacturing techniques and the pursuit of lean’s ancillary goal of continuous improvement often require, especially for a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm, a change in culture, in mindsets. Resistance comes from the fact that people don’t want to change their customary way of doing things and from the worry that speeding up processes could lead to …

  • Innovative R&D Through Lean Manufacturing Principles

    The term “lean manufacturing” was first coined by James Womack, a professor at MIT, in his 1990 book titled The Machine that Changed the World. Lean manufacturing techniques have gained a growing number of advocates within the pharmaceutical industry since then, but there has also been controversy, as well as a residual reluctance to implement these principles in certain areas. For example, people can readily see the value of a lean manufacturing process for manufacturing, supply …