The 2014 Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) Interchange event was held on September 18 in Washington DC. This was the fifth year of the event and every year it gets better. That’s why RxTrace has been a media sponsor of the event for the last four years. This year, I found every speaker to be compelling. Next year I am elevating this event to my “highly recommended” short list.
Attendance at the event has grown each year and this time they reached the capacity of the venue and were forced to cut off registrations some time before the day of the event. A number of RxTrace readers were present at the this year’s event but more ought to attend going forward.
The PSM interchange is a different kind of event. It’s not a “how to” event. Over the years, the speaker lineup has included State and Federal pharma regulators, criminal justice professionals (investigators and prosecutors), academics, politicians, pharmaceutical industry associations, medical professionals and occasionally, victims of counterfeit drugs. The audience includes all of the above, plus Read the rest of this essay »
I am confident that GS1’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard will take center stage in 2023 when the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) transitions into what that law calls the “Enhanced Drug Distribution System”, or EDDS. That’s when the DSCSA mandates that supply chain changes of ownership of prescription drugs must be documented in an interoperable electronic system based on their unique serial numbers.
Each of the steps that must be implemented by the industry between now and Read the rest of this essay »
The FDA published draft guidance earlier this week that might seem a little confusing. The full title is “The Effect of Section 585 of the FD&C Act on Drug Product Tracing and Wholesale Drug Distributor and Third-Party Logistics Provider Licensing Standards and Requirements: Questions and Answers. Guidance for Industry”. Because it is in “draft” form, it is published only to encourage people to submit comments about it. (See also, “The Differences Between The DSCSA, FDA Rules and Guidance”.)
You should not treat it as real guidance until it is published in final form sometime in the future (if ever—many draft guidances are left handing in the breeze and never finalized). As with all draft guidances, this one comes with a docket to provide the ability for people to leave comments to help the FDA figure out how to improve it before it becomes final.
Manufacturers who make use of third-party contract manufacturers, contract packagers and/or third-party logistics providers (3PLs) may wish to off-load their 2015 and 2017 obligations under the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) to those contract organizations. These obligations include providing Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH) and Transaction Statements (TS), and collecting and holding that data in case of future investigations starting this coming January; and applying the necessary 2D barcode with serial numbers starting in January of 2017.
This may seem perfectly logical. After all, absorbing responsibilities is one of the big benefits that contract organizations offer their customers. But by passing on certain obligations under the law, DSCSA manufacturers may end up with higher risks in the future. Read the rest of this essay »
More and more people are asking if the FDA will delay the January 1, 2015 requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). On that day, drug manufacturers, repackagers and wholesale distributors must begin exchanging Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH) and Transaction Statements (TS), (dispensers join them next July) and the FDA is not even due to publish guidance on how to do that until November 27 (see “The Flaw That Must Be Addressed in H.R. 3204, The Drug Quality and Security Act“). While they have said they hope to publish that guidance earlier than that date, it still won’t give companies much time to prepare. So, will they delay it? Read the rest of this essay »
Manufacturers of class III medical devices are (hopefully) breathing a sigh of relief today after the recent scurry of activity leading up to yesterday’s deadline for meeting the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulation. Now they can relax, right? Well, odds are, most of them also make class II devices, and maybe even some that are “life supporting and/or life sustaining” devices as well, which means the march toward the next UDI deadlines has to start all over again.
Fortunately, the experience gained by those who faced this first deadline can help guide those who need to meet the next one(s). Device distributors and hospitals will Read the rest of this essay »
One of the best sessions during last week’s LogiPharma conference held in Princeton, NJ was called “Staging Your Implementation To Meet The 2017 Deadline”. The “deadline” refers to the November 27, 2017 deadline for drug manufacturers to apply unique serial numbers to all drug packages and cases shipped into the U.S. market as required in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), but it can also refer to similar deadlines with similar requirements in a number of other regions of the world. The panel included knowledgeable representatives from two of the largest global pharma manufacturers selling into the U.S. market. Both manufacturers are facing serialization mandates in the E.U., Brazil, Turkey, South Korea, China, India, Argentina and a few countries in Africa as well as the U.S.
As they spoke about their respective programs for meeting the requirements, one of the speakers mentioned that roughly 90% Read the rest of this essay »
I happened to be chatting with Bob Celeste of GS1 Healthcare US yesterday at the LogiPharma conference in Princeton, NJ where he was about to speak, when he found out that version 1.1 of their guideline had just been published on their website. The full title of the 137 page document is “IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINE, Applying GS1 Standards to U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Business Processes FOR THE DRUG SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY ACT AND TRACEABILITY R1.1 — SEP 12, 2014”. You can download a free copy from their web page.
I will have more to say about this document in a few weeks when I have time to review it more fully, but this is the long awaited update that brings the earlier version up-to-date with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The 1.0 version of the guideline, published in March of last year, was Read the rest of this essay »