Mallinckrodt plc today announced that its Specialty Generics division has been recognized as Manufacturing Leadership Award winners for outstanding achievement in two categories – Collaborative Innovation Leadership and Operational Excellence Leadership – by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Mallinckrodt Specialty Generics COVID-19 Response Team was selected as a Collaborative Innovation Leadership Award winner for its crossfunctional response to the pandemic. To protect the health and safety of its over1600 employees and ensure patients have access to critical medicines throughout the pandemic, the COVID-19 Response Team’s multifaceted program included: implementation of strict safety protocols at its five US-based manufacturing sites; deployment of non-essential employees to work from home; specialized training in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); provisions for COVID-19 in-home testing; governance of strict return-to-site and contingency plans; and ongoing employee communications from site-level management and executive leadership. As a result of these measures, Mallinckrodt Specialty Generics experienced zero pandemic-related delays in the manufacturing and distribution of its finished dose and advanced pharmaceutical ingredient (API) products. This included the company’s successful response to an increased demand for acetaminophen – an important pain reliever for COVID-related symptoms – and other essential medicines during the pandemic. Additionally, amidst PPE shortages at the onset of the pandemic, the organization began manufacturing hand sanitizer for donation to emergency management operations located in regions in which it operates and to all Opioid Treatment Programs across the US in support of their uninterrupted care of opioid use disorder patients.
Winner in the Operational Excellence Leadership category, Mallinckrodt Specialty Generics’ Hobart, NY manufacturing facility was recognized for its Packaging Process Improvement Project. The multi-functional team assembled at the Hobart site sought to make significant improvements to the efficiencies and reliability of its carton-sealing process for all packaging lines. Upon completing the initiative, the process improvements successfully realized a reduction in maintenance time and waste, enhanced safety and reliability of packaging shipped to customers, and improved operator productivity and morale, which resulted in significant cost savings.
“We are extremely honored to receive the NAM’s manufacturing leadership awards which come at a pivotal time when the pandemic has exposed the vital need for our country to maintain a domestic, reliable and safe medical supply chain — particularly for low-cost, generic drugs and APIs,” said Spiro Gavaris, President, Mallinckrodt Specialty Generics. “I am incredibly proud of our COVID-19 Response Team’s collaborative efforts this past year and our Hobart team’s ongoing pursuit of innovative manufacturing solutions. Both award recognitions demonstrate Mallinckrodt Specialty Generics’ commitment to providing patients with access to quality generic medicines and our focus on being a US-based supplier of choice to help protect the national security and health of our nation.”
David Hollingshead, Senior Director of Manufacturing and Site Leader at Hobart said, “We are thrilled that the Hobart site has been honored for the fourth year in a row and, in 2021, has earned the prestigious Manufacturing Leadership Award in the Operational Excellence category. Our packaging process improvement project was a total team effort and testament to the passion, mindsets, and behaviors of all Hobart employees for continuous improvement in the manufacturing and delivery of essential products that our customers — and patients — rely on.”