Blue Link Launches First Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS) Sold as Part of ERP Solution

Ilmie Sham Ku

We're thrilled to announce that Blue Link now offers a Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS) component as part of our integrated inventory and accounting ERP software! Blue Link ERP CSOS eliminates the need for pharmaceutical distributors to acquire third party CSOS.

VAUGHAN, Ont. – April 6, 2017 – Blue Link Associates offers a CSOS component as part of its Blue Link ERP pharmaceutical software. Certified by Drummond Group, in accordance with the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Code, the Blue Link ERP CSOS component completes the suite of functionality requested by pharmaceutical wholesale distributors selling controlled substances in the pharmaceutical industry.

Industry regulation states that when a customer purchases Schedule II controlled substances, they must complete a DEA 222 Form and mail or courier the signed original to the distributor. According to DEA statistics, the typical turnaround time between trading partners when purchasing Schedule II products without CSOS is 1 to 3 days from the time a customer submits an order until it is either picked up and delivered or couriered. If the customer places the order through regular mail, the turnaround increases to 3-7 days. The cost of couriers, errors on the form etc. all contribute to added costs for pharmaceutical trading partners.

The use of Blue Link ERP CSOS allows users to accelerate this process and minimize time-consuming errors. A customer can log into the secure Blue Link B2B Online Ordering System and create a sales order. If the customer adds a Schedule II item to the order, they then select their digital certificate and “sign” it using their encrypted password. The whole process takes minutes, not days, with no errors, paperwork or costs for couriers. Blue Link ERP software then receives the order directly from the Online Ordering System for further processing and shipping.

“The Blue Link ERP Controlled Substance Ordering System is an exciting innovation for pharmaceutical distributors”, says Darren Myher, Blue Link’s Vice President of Operations and Development. “For the first time, pharmaceutical distributors get DEA certified CSOS functionality as part of a complete end-to-end ERP solution.  This gives them a competitive edge by allowing them to serve their customers quicker and more efficiently.”

About Blue Link Associates

Blue Link ERP provides small to medium size wholesalers and distributors an integrated accounting and inventory management ERP software. The pharmaceutical functionality Blue Link offers helps pharmaceutical wholesale distributors comply with existing DEA, FDA and DSCSA requirements and aids them in becoming VAWD accredited. With the inception of the Blue Link ERP Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS), pharmaceutical distributors have the means to offer their customers the ability to place a sales order, including for Schedule II controlled substances, on-line, using an integrated, DEA certified solution.