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Systematic review: resilience enablers to combat counterfeit medicines

Flávia Renata Pinho de Lima (Department of Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, Brazil)
Andrea Lago Da Silva (Department of Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, Brazil)
Moacir Godinho Filho (Department of Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, Brazil)
Eduardo Mario Dias (Polytechnic School, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 26 April 2018

Issue publication date: 9 May 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the role of resilience enablers in combating counterfeits in the medicine supply chain based on a Systematic Literature Review (SLR). The objective is also to help practitioners and scholars as the review revealed that little research has been conducted on selecting and implementing practices to improve resilience to counterfeiting.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the literature review, a content analysis was performed for 84 selected papers to explore the potential relationship among resilience enablers and counterfeit anti-measures.

Findings

This paper contributes to Supply Chain Resilience (SCR) research by summarizing the highly fragmented literature concerning how to combat counterfeiting. The SLR indicated reengineering, collaboration, visibility, innovation, SCR culture and trust as six key enablers to combat counterfeit medicines and identified literature gaps. Moreover, the paper discusses other resilience enablers which have been less studied in the literature and shows new avenues of research.

Research limitations/implications

This paper is limited in that it is an exploratory literature review and focuses only on three databases over the past 15 years. Furthermore, counterfeit is a rapidly evolving issue and anti-measure studies require frequent surveillance concerning new discoveries.

Originality/value

The main contribution of this paper is to provide a better understanding of enablers most often associated with counterfeit anti-measures, which, therefore, might help to increase resilience to counterfeit medicines. Moreover, research gaps involving enablers less associated with anti-measures are presented.

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Citation

Lima, F.R.P.d., Da Silva, A.L., Godinho Filho, M. and Dias, E.M. (2018), "Systematic review: resilience enablers to combat counterfeit medicines", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 117-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-04-2017-0155

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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