phat 20(21): e2

Research Article

Designing a resilient supply chain: An approach to reduce drug shortages in epidemic outbreaks

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.164260,
        author={Jose Antonio Lozano-Diez and Jose Antonio Marmolejo-Saucedo and Roman Rodriguez-Aguilar},
        title={Designing a resilient supply chain: An approach to reduce drug shortages in epidemic outbreaks},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology},
        volume={6},
        number={21},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={PHAT},
        year={2020},
        month={1},
        keywords={Supply chain design, resilient supply chain, epidemic outbreaks, COVID-19, drug shortages, Dynamic Simulation},
        doi={10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.164260}
    }
    
  • Jose Antonio Lozano-Diez
    Jose Antonio Marmolejo-Saucedo
    Roman Rodriguez-Aguilar
    Year: 2020
    Designing a resilient supply chain: An approach to reduce drug shortages in epidemic outbreaks
    PHAT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.164260
Jose Antonio Lozano-Diez1, Jose Antonio Marmolejo-Saucedo2,*, Roman Rodriguez-Aguilar3
  • 1: Universidad Panamericana. Augusto Rodin 498, Ciudad de México, 03920, México
  • 2: Universidad Panamericana. Facultad de Ingenieria. Augusto Rodin 498, Ciudad de Mexico, 03920, Mexico
  • 3: Universidad Panamericana. Escuela de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. Augusto Rodin 498, Ciudad de México, 03920, México
*Contact email: jmarmolejo@up.edu.mx

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Supply network design is a long-studied topic that has evolved to address disruptive situations. The risk of supply chain disruption leads to the development of resilient supply chains that are capable of reacting effectively.

OBJECTIVES: In the context of public health, drug supply networks face shortage challenges in many situations, such as current epidemic outbreaks such as COVID-19. Drug shortages can occur due to manufacturing problems, lack of infrastructure, and immediate reaction mechanisms.

METHODS: The case study is solved with anyLogistix optimization and simulation software.

RESULTS: We present the results of a hypothetical study on the impact of COVID-19 on a regional supply network. The results of this research are intended to be the basis for the design of resilient supply chains in epidemic outbreaks.

CONCLUSION: Drug providers should consider strategies to prevent or reduce the impact of shortages as well as disruption spreads.