for Pharmaceuticals

Errors in manufacturing pharmaceuticals can cost lives.  To guard against such errors and ensure a transparent paper trail, pharmaceutical regulatory agencies have some of the most rigorous and strict documentation requirements of any industry in the world.

Whether moving from paper records or from legacy document management software, PDF technology allows companies to manipulate and control their documentation processes more powerfully than ever.

Import Legacy Paperwork to Modern Databases

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to hold documentation for every stage of production, from the receipt of the raw materials, through the manufacturing procedures, to storage and transport. Testing is required at each stage and results must be held on file for years in case of a complaint or recall.

Due to the long timelines involved with retaining documents, many pharmaceutical companies even now are working with a mix of old paper records as well as electronic documents, or need to add paper documentation to their document management system on a daily basis.

Using an OCR reader tool, which comes packaged into many PDF SDKs, makes digitally recording old and new paper documents easy. Digital documentation makes searching record databases much easier. With OCR reader tools, any paper record can instantly be pulled up in a simple text search.

Comply with Regulatory Requirements

The FDA and eCTD requirements for pharmaceutical documents can be found here, and cover many aspects of document minutiae such as images, formatting and optimization for fast viewing.

Foxit PDF solutions come with the tools needed to submit fully compliant documents, without the need for additional software. By building in-house applications to manage PDFs, compliance checks can be automated to quickly flag non-compliant documents.

While any document management system solves the issue of backing up and preventing physical damage to the records, PDF technology allows companies to automatically save documents in PDF-A format. The records are readily available and organized to show to regulatory auditors upon request in the preferred format for long term storage.

Streamline Processes with many Stakeholders

With such extensive record keeping, pharmaceutical documents can have dozens of different stakeholders. A huge cause of lost productivity is time lost in transit between stakeholders; one manager being away for the week can cause a backlog of documentation.

Moving from paper records and physical file storage to a fully digital documentation system offers hundreds of ways to streamline these complex processes. While document management systems are a great solution to begin with, many companies find they need more power and flexibility than off-the-shelf systems provide.

With a PDF SDK, developers can create sophisticated internal applications where the mundane steps are automated. Steps can be built into workflows to automatically to check documents for regulatory compliance.

Knowing where and to who each document needs to be sent, in what order, with automatic filing and back ups, cuts the time lost between each stakeholder exponentially. Signatures and certifications are entered directly on the electronic document. This input can be done from any device – a phone, tablet, or workstation, also cutting waiting times between steps.

Keep Sensitive Information Secure

Security is another major concern for the pharmaceutical industry. Manufacturing often uses trade secret or proprietary information which need to be kept confidential. Paper records have clear security issues, and even controls for digital documentation can fall way short of the mark.

Investing in PDF technology gives a company sophisticated methods to keep their documentation secure. From password protecting sensitive documents, to restricting access to certain users, to limiting where and when a document can be edited, downloaded or shared, among others.

With so much at stake if errors are made, ensuring the correct person signs off each process is paramount. Standard signatures are vulnerable to forgery. Digital signatures can be embedded into documents with PDF technology, and digital signature verification used to confirm them.

Foxit PDF SDK arms developers with the tools to develop enterprise-class PDF applications that fulfill all the needs of a modernizing pharmaceutical sector. Chosen by Google to be the underpinning technology for their open-source PDF engine for its versatility and power, it is the chosen PDF solution for major pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Bayer.

The Important Choice

Key Benefits

Built-in tools for regulatory compliance

Streamlined and automated processes and workflows

World-class security features

All-in-one PDF editing tools

100% edge case success rate

Developer support at every step

Why Choose Foxit

for your business?

Better rendering quality

Supporting Fortune 500 customers that demand quality, we have the engineers, resources and the need to provide best-in-league rendering quality.

Better rendering speed

Compared to our competitors, Foxit’s technology is faster, more accurate, and it works.

Worldwide support

With a truly world-wide presence, Foxit can provide you with the local support that you need through email, online messaging and phone calls in real-time.

Out of memory management

The Out of Memory Management (OOM) feature will ensure that the SDK automatically recovers from any anomalous events with minimal effect to the users experience.

Superior font handling

Foxit’s superior font matching algorithm can accurately determine which substitute most closely resembles the original non-embedded font and uses that to display the text.

Optimized for mobile

Foxit Software is probably best known for its small, fast and lightweight Foxit Reader app, which matches Adobe Reader’s rendering quality, but beats it in speed.

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