On November 27, 2019 the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires wholesale distributors to step up their supply chain security activities another notch. They are required to:Continue reading Is The FDA About To Delay Enforcement Of The Wholesaler’s 2019 Mandate?
Back in 2010 I posted an RxTrace essay called “California Pedigree Law: Historic Change To Commerce” that pointed out the significant change that was then scheduled to occur once the California law was to go into full effect in 2016. Of course, that state law was preempted by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) back in 2013 so we never actually experience that change. But what about the DSCSA? Will it change the way commerce happens in a historic way? Let’s take a look.Continue reading DSCSA: Historic Change To Commerce
Last week, the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) published two papers aimed at kickstarting the creation of a new non-profit organization that would accept the responsibility for setting up and executing governance over Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) phase II interoperability (see “A Serious DSCSA Governance Organizational Proposal Emerges From PDSA”). PDSA defines “DSCSA phase II” to be the same as what the DSCSA text calls the “Enhanced Drug Distribution Security” (EDDS) phase (see “EDDS: The New Data Exchange Requirements”). The EDDS phase (err, Phase II of the DSCSA) starts on November 27, 2023. In most informal conversations this phase is usually just referred to as “2023”.Continue reading PDSA’s Proposal for Governance of DSCSA Phase II Interoperability
Two days before the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was signed by then President Obama, I published “DQSA: The U.S. Pharma Supply Chain Must Organize, Or Risk Failure”. Under the heading “Who should organize and start the effort [to organize the industry around solutions to the DSCSA]?”, I wrote:Continue reading A Serious DSCSA Governance Organizational Proposal Emerges From PDSA
Last November pharma manufacturers selling into the U.S. market had to meet a big serialization and verification deadline under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Now, pharma wholesale distributors in the United States are facing their own important deadline this coming November. Remember how manufacturers had to scramble and go through a lot of pain to achieve compliance in time? Your friendly neighborhood wholesale distributors—big and small—are going through that now. And the problem is…they can’t do what they need on their own. They need all drug manufacturers to do something so that they can be compliant with the DSCSA in November.Continue reading DSCSA: What Wholesalers Want
Lots of people have been talking lately about what interoperable data exchange in the US pharma supply chain will look like after the Enhance Drug Distribution Security (EDDS) phase of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) takes effect in November 2023 (see “Does Interoperability Change In 2023?”, “5 Myths About The DSCSA In 2023” and “Interoperability And The DSCSA”).
Increasingly, I’ve heard the opinion expressed that there will surely be multiple approaches adopted for exchanging data, and so it will be necessary for all of those approaches to be made interoperable with each other. Proponents of this idea claim it is unrealistic to expect a single approach to be accepted by all companies in the supply chain and therefore, having to deal with multiple approaches is inevitable. This kind of talk makes me nervous. Here’s why.Continue reading DSCSA: Interoperable Data Exchange In 2023
The internet lit up last week on the publication of an official warning letter from Alonza Cruse, Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, to John H. Hammergren, CEO of McKesson Corporation, for violations of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). I’ve written about this situation before, back when the original FDA 483, notice of “inspectional observations”, was originally published (see “McKesson’s DSCSA 483 Explained”), but this new letter provides many more details of the incidents that led to that original notice, including some details of McKesson’s follow-up communications regarding the situation.Continue reading FDA Hammer Comes Down On McKesson For DSCSA Violations
Last October the FDA published a draft guidance called “Verification Systems Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) for Certain Prescription Drugs” (see “DSCSA: Verification Systems Draft Guidance”). Near the end of the comment period in December, the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) submitted comments containing proposed changes. Like other comments submitted by the HDA for other FDA DSCSA guidance, these are well worth reading. Once again, the HDA demonstrates their thorough understanding of the DSCSA and their ability to clearly and crisply explain where the FDA’s draft language fails to reflect the language in the original law.Continue reading HDA Makes A Strong Case For ‘Reframing’ Of FDA’s Draft Guidance On DSCSA Verification Systems