Last week I announced the availability of the 2015 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey Results that are sponsored by Frequentz. You should download a free copy of the report here. This week I want to look at another interesting finding taken directly from the report. It shows that progress is being made by drug manufacturers, repackagers and CMO/CPOs toward meeting the 2017 (2018 for repackagers) deadline for adding serial numbers to the drug packages they produce for the U.S. market. That requirement comes from the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) enacted in November of 2013.
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It is time for the RxTrace look at the estimated rise in the percentage of drugs in the U.S. supply chain that are serialized. Every year we take a look at this topic while longingly wishing that someone would perform a real study and publish the numbers. However, it may not make much difference from here on out because it will be impossible for drugs without serial numbers to exist in the U.S. supply chain in just a few years. So let’s take a look. Continue reading InBrief: Estimated Rise in Serialized Drugs in The U.S. Supply Chain, 2014→
Last month, Eli Lilly posted a video about their serialization initiative on YouTube. It features Grant Lindman, Manager of Lilly’s Global Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, and David Colombo, Commercial Implementation Leader of Lilly’s Global Serialization Program talking about their global serialization program. It is worth a listen. Continue reading Eli Lilly: “Serialization Needs Standardization”→
The one thing all pharmaceutical manufacturers can count on, regardless of whether or not the U.S. Congress passes a new track and trace regulation in this or future sessions, is that unit-level serialization will be a necessity on drug packages sold into the U.S. market within the next few years. We have all been paying close attention to the draft legislation that has been moving through the two houses of Congress for several months now, but there is no doubt that unit-level serialization will be required whether something passes at the federal level or not. The only questions are, exactly which year will it be required and what else will be required?
While writing last Monday’s RxTrace essay I ran out of time before I could get to the point I originally intended to make, so here is the conclusion to my thoughts on the topic.
The point I wanted to make is that there is a big difference between the goal of serialization and that of most other anti-counterfeiting technologies. Most anti-counterfeiting technologies covered in Mark Davison’s essential book on the topic, “Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting, Combating the Real Danger from Fake Drugs“, are technologies that a given manufacturer chooses to place in or on their drug, or on their drug’s packaging so that they can later differentiate it from potential counterfeit versions. That is, so that they can later “authenticate” only the drugs that they truly manufactured.
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