In Part 2 of this series I explained exactly what the “special privileges” are in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) for wholesale distributors who purchase directly from the manufacturer, the exclusive distributor of the manufacturer, or a repackager who buys directly from the manufacturer (see “DSCSA: Special Privileges For The “Big-3″ Wholesale Distributors, Part 1”, and “DSCSA: Special Privileges For The “Big-3″ Wholesale Distributors, Part 2”). In this third part, I will explain why all of this matters to drug manufacturers and how, in some situations, the “Big-3” wholesale distributors may not want to handle your product after the end of this year. Continue reading DSCSA: Special Privileges For The “Big-3″ Wholesale Distributors, Part 3
In Part 1 of this series I explained how the “Big-3” wholesale distributors in the U.S. changed their buying practices back in the mid-2000s so now they only buy their inventory directly from each drug manufacturer. But in a small number of cases, that isn’t possible. In those cases, they are forced to buy from an exclusive distributor, or from a company who buys pre-packaged drugs from the NDA- or ANDA-holder. (See “DSCSA: Special Privileges For The “Big-3″ Wholesale Distributors, Part 1”.) And I pointed out that the DSCSA contains “special privileges” for any wholesale distributor who can buy direct from the manufacturer. In this second part, I will explain exactly what these “special privileges” are in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Continue reading DSCSA: Special Privileges For The “Big-3″ Wholesale Distributors, Part 2
The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) had just published another update to their guidance for meeting the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) 856 Advance Ship Notice (ASN). In case you thought they already did that a few months ago, you are right. This is an update (July) to the earlier update, and this one is important, so make sure you replace your old copy with this one.
The previous guidance document (see “Just Released – The HDMA EDI ASN Guidance For DSCSA”) was pulled together very quickly to meet the demands of everyone in the supply chain. However, it missed a few critical characteristics, like how to document:
- the identity of the buyer and seller when either differs from the ship-to or ship-from locations;
- when the drugs were originally purchased directly from the manufacturer or exclusive distributor;
- when the seller received a direct purchase statement from their supplier.
Are you a pharmaceutical manufacturer who is acting as a wholesale distributor, as defined by the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), for some of your products? This might occur if you are buying pre-packaged drugs from the New Drug Application (NDA)-holder or Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA)-holder and offering them for sale to U.S. wholesale distributors. If you cannot justifiably fit into the DSCSA definitions of either a “co-licensed partner”, or an “exclusive distributor” for those drugs, you might as well remove them from your catalog because the “Big-3” wholesale distributors—AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson—probably will not be willing to buy them anymore as of next January.
That’s because the DSCSA, which begins to take effect at that time, will most likely consider you as a Continue reading DSCSA: Special Privileges For The “Big-3” Wholesale Distributors, Part 1
The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) contains record-keeping requirements for drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors, repackagers and dispensers that begin on January 1st. All companies must keep a copy of the Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH), and Transaction Statements (TS) they receive and those they send for at least six years. In addition, manufacturers and repackagers must also retain knowledge about the “product identifier” on each unit they sell into the supply chain for a period of six years after the date it was sold. Companies who perform investigations into suspect product must also keep records of their process and the outcome for six years.
There are a few implications of these record-keeping requirements. Let’s take a look at some of them. Continue reading DSCSA: A Closer Look At The Six-Year Record-Keeping Requirement
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Last Friday was the five year anniversary of RxTrace and this is the 255th essay. I started RxTrace on July 4, 2009 as an outlet for ideas (see my very first essay, “Welcome to rxTrace”). The results of the last five years have been very rewarding.
Rather than looking back this year, let’s look to the future. What is coming next?
I always maintain a fairly informal RxTrace list of ideas I want to explore when I get the chance. With the switch in attention from the California pedigree law to the new Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in the last year, my list grew pretty long and continues to grow. Here is a list of things I’ve been thinking about and may end up exploring in full RxTrace essays in the coming twelve months: Continue reading Five Years of Pharma Supply Chain Analysis