The Pharmaceutical Industry's Connected Line Flow Approach: Drug Production for a Mass Audience

912 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 4 Pages
Researching, testing, and developing a new drug is admittedly a complex, individualized process. However, the actual production of a drug for a mass audience requires a generic approach known as the 'connected line flow' approach. "When volume continues to increase, an assembly line is set up. Each worker has a specific role, or task, to complete" (Process-design matrix, 2013, Mind). Capsules are created and filled according to a standardized method; contents are tested and workers' roles are clearly defined. In contrast to the individualized 'project' approach like building a custom modular home or creating furniture using the boutique 'job shop' approach, creating drugs requires standardized automation (Process flow structure, 2013, Net MBA).
Each drug is not unique and crafted to the needs of the individual purchaser. Such an approach would be logistically unfeasible. In fact, allowing for quirky anomalies of design and production, which might be welcome in a painted small batch-produced piece of furniture created using job shop methods, would be very dangerous when manufacturing pharmaceuticals. Every capsule must contain exactly as much active substance as it is supposed to have: no more and no less. Different pills may have different concentrations of the drug and are marked accordingly. Even non-active ingredients must be standardized, as they must…
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