The Future of RxTrace Has Arrived

RXTRACE_LOGO_Trans_300x113You may recall my essay back in April I called “The Future Of RxTrace”.  Here is an update.  I am still an independent consultant, and I have decided to continue writing RxTrace, no matter what else I end up doing—whether I stay as a consultant, or get a job somewhere.  It has to allow me to continue to publish RxTrace.

But I have also decided that I can no longer give away RxTrace for free.  So I have decided to implement annual subscriptions for a fee.  If you are just a casual, occasional reader of RxTrace, you can continue doing so without paying, but you will only be able to access one substantive essay per month.  Just register for “1 FREE Essay Per Month”.  I have also set all essays published prior to the passage of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) to be forever free for anyone to access without counting toward your one free essay per month.  I am also offering free subscriptions to State and Federal government employees in any government around the world.  I am offering group subscriptions to non-profit organizations at a significant discount, and I am putting a cap of only four individual subscriptions necessary per company before I treat it as a “corporate” subscription, open to everyone in the company (see details below).  But if you enjoy reading RxTrace regularly, and you don’t fall into one of those categories, you will need to buy an individual subscription beginning today.

I hope you have enjoyed free access to RxTrace over the last 6 ½ years, and I hope you see the value in continuing with a paid subscription.  How much would you spend to attend a serialization conference, including registration and travel expenses?  $1,200?  $2,500?  $3,600!?  And for only a one, two or three day event!

A LimitedTimeOfferssubscription to RxTrace lasts a full year and keeps you up-to-date with an in-depth exploration of the intersection between healthcare supply chains, track and trace technology, standards and global regulatory compliance.  A regular, full year subscription to RxTrace costs just $425, but between now and December 31, 2015 I am offering two special offers for you to choose from.

Offer 1:  Pay the full price for your full year annual subscription and receive a free copy of “The Drug Supply Chain Security Act Product Image.ThumbExplained”, a book by Dirk Rodgers.  The ebook is a section-by-section explanation of the DSCSA and contains thousands of internal hyperlinks that allow you to jump between my explanation of a section to the original DSCSA language, and from the usage of any DSCSA defined term directly to the definition of that term, and back, very quickly.  Individual subscribers paying full price for their annual subscription will receive a single user license (a $225 value).  Corporate subscribers paying full price for their subscription will receive a corporate license (a $500 value).  Allow up to two weeks for delivery of your licensed copy.


Offer 2:  Get 15% off the regular price of your first year subscription.

Both of these special offers are available for individual and group subscriptions (corporate and non-profit), but they will disappear after December 31 so subscribe soon.


If you are a government worker in any department in any country, you don’t need to pay for your subscription.  To get your free subscription, please register on the subscription page for a “1 FREE Essay Per Month” subscription, and then send a message to me, including your official government email address and your department and title.  I will manually convert your subscription to an annual subscription with full access.  Thanks for reading!


If you are an employee of a non-profit organization (sorry, “members” are not employees), all I need to open RxTrace to all of your employees is for one person to buy a regular individual subscription using their official email address.  That person then simply needs to send me a message and tell me their official email address, the name of the non-profit organization, and their title.  I will then manually convert their individual subscription to an annual group subscription.  That means that all other employees of that non-profit organization just need to register for a “1 FREE Essay Per Month” subscription (before or after the paid subscription) using the same email domain (the part after the @) and it will be converted to a full access subscription for the duration of the one paid subscription.  Plus, you get to take advantage of either of the two special offers above, but do it before the end of the year!


I will set up corporate subscriptions in several ways.  The point of a corporate subscription is so that no company will need to pay the cost of more than four individual subscriptions.  You don’t need to do anything to make this work, because as soon as I see four individual subscriptions from a single corporate email domain (the part after the @ in your email address), I will manually create a corporate subscription, which will have two effects.  First, I will refund the credit cards of anyone anyone else who unknowingly buys another individual subscription, thus preventing you from paying for more than four.  Second, anyone else registering for a “1 FREE Essay Per Month” subscription with the same email domain will be automatically given full access until the first of the four paid subscriptions end.

The other way to set up a corporate subscription that is open to all employees who sign up for “1 FREE Essay Per Month” with their corporate email domain email address, is to send me a purchase order for 4 times the individual rate.  You can even use either of the two special offers listed above through the end of the year when you calculate the cost.  Let me know which offer you choose.  I will send you an invoice that will be due upon receipt.  If one, two or three of your employees have already paid for individual subscriptions, I will decrease the invoice to reflect that prior payment.


For any paid subscription, I will also take your purchase order if you prefer not to use a credit card.  Just send it to me in a message, including your PO#, billing address (including email address for accounts payable), and the name and email address of the person the subscription is for.  I will start your subscription as soon as I can, and I will send you an invoice that will be due upon receipt.  If it is before the end of the year, let me know which one of the two special offers you prefer.

I hope you have found RxTrace to be helpful over the years, and I hope you choose to continue receiving access to it going forward.  Either way, thanks for your support.


3 thoughts on “The Future of RxTrace Has Arrived”

  1. LinkedIn is free and includes many details specific to serialization in life sciences, including the DSCSA. LinkIn allows for many contributors and points of view.

    1. Junk,
      That’s true, but I think you get what you pay for on LinkedIn. I don’t think you will find the same kind of in-depth analysis of the important events as you will find on RxTrace. Thanks for reading RxTrace up to this point anyway.


  2. Dirk,

    Good luck with your next phase!

    Sure, there is a lot of information via Google, Linked-In, etc., however a lot of that information is data, regurgitated from other sources and inconsistent. The value of what you do is in your consistency of approach and research investment you make into a topic. You often argue multiple sides of an issue which is helpful in understanding the topic or issue holistically, being able to apply the information to the context at hand and being more aware of possible alternatives.

    I hope it works out for you and that people appreciate (by subscribing) the research and effort that you put into your articles.

    Best Regards,

    Bob Celeste

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