BestSweet, Largest Manufacturer of Cough Drops in the United-States, Selects XFP-eBR From Elan Software

    XFP Electronic Batch Record Software Will Secure and Accelerate
    BestSweet's Release Process for Finished Goods

    PRINCETON, NJ, June 4 /CNW/ - Elan Software Systems, a leading provider
of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software solutions, with a customer
portfolio that includes companies such as Baxter, Takeda, sanofi aventis,
Rochas or Yves Rocher, announced today that BestSweet, largest U.S.
manufacturer of cough drops, has chosen XFP eBR to transform its manufacturing
operations into a full paperless site with increased efficiency and faster
release cycle. The current deployment targets the cough lozenge production
line, a critical line at BestSweet that encompasses all aspects of
manufacturing including mixing, cooking, wrapping and packaging.

    State-of-the-art paperless manufacturing facility

    Over the years, BestSweet has transformed the business from a
confectionary company making basic candies, to a technology-based
manufacturing company. As of today, 80% of the plant capacity is dedicated to
OTC products. OTC products take a different mindset, one that rewards
innovation, applied technology and discipline.
    "We employ cGMP standards to all of our drug and dietary supplement
products. All our processes have had to be validated and the documentation
behind these processes has significantly increased." explains Hollis
Cloninger, Vice President of Regulatory & Compliance, BestSweet. "We came to a
point that we could not increase our OTC business without adding quality staff
for paper reviews. We truly believed an eBR system was the right solution to
our business challenge. XFP from Elan Software was the only eBR package we saw
that met all regulatory requirements including cGMP Part 11, and these
requirements are very unique and critical to our industry."

    Reduced costs and faster product deliveries

    With the deployment of XFP eBR, BestSweet aims to replace the current
burdensome paper system by electronic batch reviews. The eBRs will record and
trace all steps of the manufacturing process from incoming raw materials to
packaging of finished goods. The advantages of eBR include better traceability
through the use of electronic signatures, security and bar-coding, improved
repeatability due to stricter control of key process parameters, simpler and
faster review, cross-referencing and storage of batch information. Quality
staff will have no need to support the paper system, resulting in significant
time savings for value added activities.
    "Managing complex processes in highly regulated industries like OTC drug
manufacturing is where XFP-MES excels," said Ken Strum, Sales Director at Elan
Software. "XFP-MES provides not only complete visibility and procedural
control, exact as-built history and traceability but also fast and efficient
batch release BestSweet needs to satisfy its customers."


    Elan Software Systems is a leading provider of Manufacturing Execution
System (MES) dedicated to Life Sciences.
    For over 20 years, Elan Software has been providing regulated industries
with advanced MES solutions to improve production efficiency and
effectiveness. The XFP Suite from Elan Software brings manufacturing
intelligence throughout the plant. It provides production visibility and
control throughout the enterprise by optimizing the production cycle from raw
material delivery to end product shipment in compliance with 21CFR part 11 and
ISA 88/95. The XFP suite promotes paperless manufacturing and provides life
science manufacturers with advanced modules for warehousing, weighing and
dispensing, work instructions and electronic batch record.
    Seven of the top ten health care companies have trusted Elan's MES
software. Elan customers include Abbott, AstraZeneca, Baxter, Famar, Fareva,
Genitope Corporation, Ipsen, LFB Merck, sanofi-aventis, Rochas, Takeda and

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