Category Archives: serialization

OPEN-SCS Announces Major Milestone

Today, the Open Serialization Communication Standard (OPEN-SCS) Group, a collection of healthcare sector companies dedicated to standardizing packaging line serialization and aggregation data exchanges, will announce a major milestone in the push to streamline global track & trace processes.  At Pack Expo in Las Vegas, the organization will hold a press conference to formally introduce its initial Serialization Standard, the Packaging Serialization Specification (PSS) 1.0.  The achievement is to be revealed in Continue reading OPEN-SCS Announces Major Milestone

The Russia Serialization Pilot Guideline

The Russia Ministry of Health (MoH) is conducting a serialization and tracing pilot with a number of supply chain members between February 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 (see “Russia Begins Its Pharma Supply Chain Pilot”).  The MoH is due to publish an assessment of the pilot by next February 1st

Two weeks ago the Russian Minister of Health, Veroníka Skvortsova, signed the guidelines document for the pilot.  The 42-page document appears to be written as a pilot setup document, as opposed to Continue reading The Russia Serialization Pilot Guideline

China’s Retreat From Pharma Serialization: Will This Become A Global Trend?

istock_102889873_smallerChina once had one of the most aggressive pharma serialization mandates of any market.  Their compliance timeline began in 2007 with a list of “essential drugs” and ended in January of this year when, effectively, all drug packages were required to carry a unique serial number.  Shortly after that milestone the government suspended that requirement, pending a new regulation.  Since that time the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has posted several documents related to their new plans (see “China Adds Traceability Requirement To CFDA Drug Quality Management Specification”).  Last month a new notice from the CFDA Continue reading China’s Retreat From Pharma Serialization: Will This Become A Global Trend?

Serialization Mistake #1: Printing On Your Outsert

istock_83993805_smallerThere are lots of mistakes a company can make when designing their solution to comply with pharma serialization and tracing regulations.  One of these is to print the unique identifier on the outsert attached to their packaging.  An “outsert” is a tightly folded piece of paper that contains very detailed prescribing information intended to inform medical professionals who prescribe, dispense and/or administer the drug.  It contains Continue reading Serialization Mistake #1: Printing On Your Outsert

Sponsored: Tracking Serialization: 2016 Pharma Trace Market Trends

Tracking Serialization titleDo you know what situation your peers’ businesses are in, and what they’re working to?  To find out just that, IQPC polled their network of pharmaceutical serialization professionals and got responses from representatives of over 20 companies.

The results?  Most find data storage and management to be their biggest issue, citing ERP systems as some of their biggest investments in 2016 and going forward.  It follows that over 50% of those we polled are either implementing their strategies in multiple sites or already done and thinking beyond compliance.

IQPC also asked about their biggest inhibitors, their current and future budgets, and their experience with international compliance.  If you want to find out what your peers think about these topics, you can download the survey report, or meet them on-site at the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, May 23 – 25 in Philadelphia.  Use the discount code PT_RXTRACE to get 20% off the standard price! Continue reading Sponsored: Tracking Serialization: 2016 Pharma Trace Market Trends

Aggregation –> Chargeback Accuracy –> ROI

Last week I attended my favorite annual conference on pharma serialization and tracing in the U.S.:  The Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s (HDMA) Traceability Seminar.  They call it a “seminar” because the subject of the sessions are generally the same every year, but it is better than any other third-party conference, primarily because the right people attend it:  lots of people from drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors and some dispensers.  With this ideal spectrum of attendees, it is very easy to get your questions answered, in the hallway between sessions if not in the sessions themselves.

Of course, every year the folks from the FDA who are directly responsible for writing regulations related to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) provide Continue reading Aggregation –> Chargeback Accuracy –> ROI

Estimated Rise in Serialized Drugs in The U.S. Supply Chain, 2015

RxTrace.com Serialization Estimate 2014.zoomIt’s August and that means it is time to check in on the progress toward full serialization of drugs in the U.S. supply chain.  This is an annual look I’ve been doing for five years now.  For my previous essays, see:

In each essay I produced a graph of my own personal estimate Continue reading Estimated Rise in Serialized Drugs in The U.S. Supply Chain, 2015

InBrief: ‘The Smallest Individual Saleable Unit’ In The DSCSA

Drawing from the GS1 Healthcare GTIN Allocation Rules document showing how to assign GTINs in multi-pack scenarios.  Click image to enlarge.
Drawing from the GS1 Healthcare GTIN Allocation Rules document showing how to assign GTINs in multi-pack scenarios. Click image to enlarge.

The U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires manufacturers and repackagers to place DSCSA-specific “product identifiers” on all drug packages and homogeneous cases by November 27, 2017 (2018 for repackagers).  These product identifiers must include a Standardized Numeric Identifier (SNI), which is composed of the drugs National Drug Code (NDC) and a unique serial number (for more on DSCSA “product identifiers”, see “The DSCSA Product Identifier On Drug Packages“, for more on the SNI, see “FDA Aligns with GS1 SGTIN For SNDC“, and for more on the NDC, see “Anatomy Of The National Drug Code“).

A common question is, what is the smallest level of packaging that must be serialized?.  The DSCSA text provides the answer. Continue reading InBrief: ‘The Smallest Individual Saleable Unit’ In The DSCSA