FFF Enterprises Base Case

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2005-05-04 Print this article Print

The distributor wanted to make sure flu vaccines reached only the pharmacies and clinics that ordered them. So it raised the security on drugs it distributed.

FFF Enterprises Base Case

Headquarters: 41093 County Center Drive, Temecula, CA 92591
Phone: (951) 296-2500
Business: Distributor of vaccines and plasma products to health-care organizations, pharmacies and individual patients
Vice President of Technology: Bob Coates
Financials in 2004: Reported sales of more than $500 million; net income or loss not disclosed.
Challenge: Install a secure, Web-based application to document the life history of vaccines and medical products as they make their way from manufacturers to pharmacies and hospitals.
Baseline Goals:

  • Achieve 100% compliance with FDA drug pedigree tracking system by end of 2005, two years ahead of schedule.
  • Trim spending on security software upgrades and fixes from more than $100,000 a year to less than $36,000.
  • Reduce time spent investigating network attacks from 10 hours a week to less than 1 hour.

Senior Writer
Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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