5. Cerealization? No, serialization.

The clock is ticking on global serialization compliance. (But if you’re behind, don’t feel bad. We thought this article was going to be about breakfast foods.) As the deadline approaches, anyone selling pharmaceutical products into the U.S. will be significantly impacted if their processes do not meet regulatory standards by the end of 2017. Specifically, all products must carry a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), serial number, lot number, and expiration date. According to Kurt Wieditz, Director/Team Leader Contract Manufacturing at Pfizer CentreOne, “Because initial serialization projects rarely go completely as planned, expect the total endeavor to take approximately 18 to 22 months.” Could be worse. You could be stuck barcoding Fruit Loops. Here’s the Wikipedia history of breakfast cereals.

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