SOURCE: Cyclone Commerce

May 31, 2005 08:00 ET

Cyclone Commerce ePedigree Solution Combats the Growing Problem of Counterfeit Drugs

New Solution Helps Pharmaceutical Industry Protect Brand Revenue and Increase Consumer Safety

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2005 -- Cyclone Commerce today announced the immediate availability of Cyclone ePedigree™, a solution that enables the pharmaceutical industry to have real-time visibility throughout its entire supply chain. Drug industry analysts estimate that nearly 10 percent of drugs worldwide are counterfeit and the World Health Organization estimates that $32 billion in legitimate corporate sales are lost each year due to the sale of counterfeit drugs. By guaranteeing the authenticity of origin and clearly demonstrating possession of all pharmaceutical drugs as they move through the supply chain, pharmaceutical companies are able to combat the growing problem of counterfeit drugs.

Cyclone ePedigree automates current paper-based processes intended to prevent counterfeiting and safeguard the drug supply. These processes are mandated by various state laws and recommended by the U.S. federal government. This new solution enables companies to link physical inventory movements with B2B transactions such as purchase orders, ship notices and invoices.

"Counterfeit drugs represent a substantial and growing risk to patient safety and corporate profits. Since The Harvard Drug Group, LLC provides value to the healthcare supply chain as both a primary manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and as a general distributor we believe it is incumbent on us to take a leadership position in drug pedigree tracking," said Jay Levine, president and COO, The Harvard Drug Group, LLC. "This new ePedigree solution will allow us to track each drug's chain of ownership, from the pharmacy back to the manufacturer, allowing us to reduce counterfeiting and increase patient safety."

Cyclone is developing relationships with integrated supply chain solution companies like Manhattan Associates in order to provide even broader support for safety-based supply chain initiatives. "The ePedigree solution is a natural outgrowth of our Integrated Logistics Solutions (ILS) that ensure a secure and optimized supply chain," said Jeff Cashman, vice president of business development, alliances and strategy for Manhattan Associates. "We are pleased to be working with Cyclone Commerce with our Life Science and RFID solutions that will bring new levels of patient safety to the pharmaceutical supply chain by helping to prevent counterfeiting."

"Cyclone ePedigree delivers simple compliance that helps combat the dangers of counterfeit drugs, including a risk to patient safety, reduced consumer confidence, and eroding pharmaceutical brand trust and revenue," said Ron Gabrisko, vice president of healthcare & life sciences for Cyclone Commerce. "Cyclone ePedigree helps pharmaceutical wholesalers meet regulatory obligations while maintaining existing order processing flows. Our customers want to leverage their investment in eCommerce automation while continuously aligning with the evolving Electronic Product Code (EPC) and RFID standards."

Cyclone ePedigree provides the integrity, authenticity, and archiving required in order to comply with the various laws and regulations. It also delivers:

a)  Complete visibility into the custodial history of a particular drug or
    drug lot
b)  Comprehensive reporting and alerting to help companies better manage
    exceptions and regulatory compliance
c)  21 CFR Part 11 compliance for electronic records and digital signatures
Cyclone ePedigree is built on the reliable and market-tested platforms used by many manufacturers and wholesalers to meet regulatory reporting requirements such as the DEA's Controlled Substance Ordering System and the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System.

About Cyclone Commerce, Inc.

Cyclone is the world's leading provider of Smarter B2B solutions in the healthcare industry. Cyclone's 2,000 customers are some of the most well recognized brands, including the top 10 pharmaceutical manufacturers, all of the top healthcare distributors and the major regulatory agencies around the globe -- the European Medicines Agency (EMEA), the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.

Cyclone provides Smarter B2B solutions that help businesses manage business-to-business processes from the edge of their enterprises rather than relying solely upon back-end systems. Cyclone software allows businesses to act in real-time upon information "in flight" between customers, suppliers and other important partners by getting the information flowing between trading partners giving them visibility into key processes and allowing them to manage events as they occur. Cyclone makes it easy to extend existing internally focused applications, integration and business intelligence investments outside the four walls of an enterprise. Founded in 1996, Cyclone Commerce is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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