Pharmaceutical & Healthcare


Tompkins has a deep knowledge base in the regulated and human health industries. We leverage cross-industry best practices in designs—versus implementing historical practices—to bring cost efficient, adaptable, and fully compliant supply chains from concept to live manufacturing operations through global distribution.

Why is Tompkins Unique?

If you only work in healthcare or pharmaceuticals, then you can only provide a healthcare or pharmaceutical-based solution. Tompkins offers end-to-end supply chain solutions for efficiency, cost reduction, and inventory management. Our competencies include inventory modeling, inventory management, facility designs, warehouse management systems, and track and trace systems. We fully integrate and implement these solutions as your partner and ensure that our designs are viable and successful today, as well as flexible enough to support changing requirements in the future.

Meeting Your Challenges

New challenges arise every day in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. We can help you solve key issues such as:

  • Globalized supply chains – Demand for specific regional remedies to address emerging market potential must balance future market size, government policies, and humanitarian benefits. .
  • Increasing cost pressures – Lean-based, continuous improvement is gaining traction across pharmaceutical and healthcare supply chains to improve margins. Full compliance with regulations like e-pedigree drugs and track and trace, maintaining “safe inventory levels,” and getting product securely to market must be equally balanced with cost savings.
  • Mergers and divestitures – There will be fewer large companies vying for more consumers globally, but niche start-ups will continue to emerge. Merging supply chains effectively is critical to achieving projected savings, while meeting regulatory and marketplace requirements.
  • Supply chain security – Global security initiatives should not be viewed solely from a regulatory perspective, but from a brand integrity and patient safety perspective. The human risks involved raise the bar in visibility, performance, and operating margins.
  • Internal vs. external operations – Considering the use of logistics service providers to focus on core strengths and reduce internal costs is an industry best practice. However, the risks and trade-offs must be fully understood before outsourcing any particular business function.

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Client Success Story

Pharmaceutical Facility Upfit and Start-up Implementation Support

In light of a recent acqusition, this global pharmaceutical company needed support for a retrofit and start-up of its new facility.

White Paper

Pharmaceutical and Healthcare at a Crossroads: Download the White Paper

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Blog Post

Transforming Your Pharmaceutical Supply Chain in Five Meaningful Steps

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Lessons Learned From Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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Client Success Story

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Client Success Story

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