Enteral Nutrition Supply Chain Solutions

August 15, 2019 RRD, RR Donnelley

Comprehensive Solutions that Manage Complexity and Growth

Enteral Feeding is set for solid growth with over 17 million procedures expected to be performed in Europe and U.S. by 2020*. This can be attributed to the rise in incidents of cancers, increased use in pediatrics, improved patient outcomes and the growth of enteral nutrition in the home. Such diverse growth conditions, when combined with stringent regulations and the need to avoid tube misconnections (ISO 80369/EnFit) will lead to the supply chain becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage.

 

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Consumerization of devices due to increased use in non-clinical environments
  • Smart devices creating new openings and more aggressive business models
  • Personalized medicine leading to the customization of feeding regimes
  • Mergers and acquisitions complicating supply chains and creating openings
  • Emerging economies representing both a threat and an opportunity
  • New competitors attracted by strong growth expectations.

 

Comprehensive Capabilities

RRD offers a strong suite of capabilities, a global footprint, and flexible supply chain solutions for the enteral feeding sector including:

  • Tooling, manufacture and assembly of plastics, metals and electro-mechanicals
  • Industrial design, product engineering and prototyping
  • Material sourcing and inventory management
  • Primary and secondary packaging design
  • Kitting and configuration
  • Contract packing
  • Global logistics and fulfillment
  • Aftermarket care (customer relationship management, customer retention, sample management)
  • Labeling.

 

Management of Multiple Product Categories

RRD helps create efficiencies across the enteral feeding device supply chain, streamlining processes while managing complexity and remaining responsive to market needs. RRD's component production and device configuration cover the following enteral feeding product categories:

  • Electro-mechanical and connected devices: pumps, monitors, portables
  • Devices: specialty tubes, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy kits (PEG), radio-opaque naso-gastric tubes and button gastronomy tubes
  • Accessories: pole clamps, stands securement devices, wipes, gloves, gowns, sharps, cannulas, backpacks, patient care manuals, and user instructions
  • Nutrition packaging and delivery:
    • Primary packaging including products, pouches, bottles, tubes, vials
    • Fulfillment of personalized feeding regimes for individualized end users
    • Retail and secondary packaging
    • Customization and delivery of promotional samples
  • Disposables: giving sets, extension sets, syringes, valves, connectors and caps.

 

Benefits

  • Reduce total supply chain cost from design through final product delivery
  • Reduce time-to-market with a single interface and a global platform
  • Improve cash flow
  • Leverage volume flexibility and responsiveness
  • Offer broader product ranges and more customized products.

 

Expertise

  • Regulatory compliance
  • FDA registered (Class I-III) and cGMP/QSR compliant
  • ISO 13485 accredited facilities in North America, Europe and Asia
  • Full product track and traceability
  • 21 CFR part 11 compliant, MES with full eDHR capability
  • ISO 14664-1 Class 8 cleanroom facilities.

 

* iData Research. (2014). Over 17 Million Enteral Feeding Procedures is Expected to be Performed in Europe and U.S. by 2020. Last accessed 29th June 2016.

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