It’s time to think about what is likely to happen in 2016 with regard to pharma serialization and traceability. As part of that, let me remind you right off the top to fill out the 2016 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey, sponsored by Frequentz. You don’t have to be a subscriber to respond and the results will also be open to everyone in the coming months.
Those of you who are paying close attention to the presidential election campaigns in the United States late last week were treated to a news story that may be a preview of stories that will be written at some point after 2023. The story is about the potential game-changing impact of technology on business when competitors are forced to share a data repository. That is, when private data that would be considered strategically valuable, in some way, if a competitor were to gain access to it, is held by an independent third-party.
Everywhere I traveled this fall I had conversations with people from drug manufacturers who told me their top concern right now is that their contract manufacturers (CMOs) or contract packagers (CPOs) are not taking the actions necessary to be prepared to meet the approaching serialization mandates in the U.S., the E.U. and elsewhere on time. This threatens the manufacturer’s ability to be ready for those deadlines and they are grasping for something they can do now to fix the situation before it gets too late…if it isn’t too late already. Continue reading Lack Of Preparedness By CMO’s Imperils Pharma Manufacturers→
Last Friday was the deadline for the FDA to publish four new guidance documents under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) (see “Decoding The FDA’s DSCSA Timeline”). The deadline was established by the U.S. Congress when they enacted the legislation and it was signed by President Obama on November 27, 2013 (see “It’s Official, President Obama Signs H.R. 3204, DQSA, Into Law”). But time spent by the FDA to meet their obligations under the DSCSA is “unfunded”. That is, Congress did not provide any specific additional money to pay for the FDA’s new obligations under the DSCSA. It is an unfunded mandate.
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