Today is November 27, 2017, the four year anniversary of President Obama signing the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) into law (see “It’s Official, President Obama Signs H.R. 3204, DQSA, Into Law”), and it is the two year anniversary of the due date for the FDA to publish four guidance documents—one of the four on grandfathering (see “FDA DSCSA Deadline Passes Quietly”). And today they have finally met that requirement, for grandfathering at least. One overdue Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) guidance down, three to go (see “Who Is Being Harmed By Four Overdue FDA DSCSA Guidances?”, “Is The FDA Intentionally Delaying Publication Of The Overdue DSCSA Guidance?“, and “DSCSA Serialization Delay Eclipses Grandfathering”). (The DSCSA is Part 2 of the DQSA.) Continue reading FDA Publishes DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance Exactly 2 Years Late
On May 11, 2017, ANVISA formally published RDC-157/2017 that will serve as the regulations for their 3-Lot Pilot that is to take place in 2017. We’ve been expecting this new RDC around this time because they were required by the recent Law Number 13.410 of December 28, 2016 (see “Brazil Gets Rational With Their New Pharma Traceability Law”). ANVISA also held a “public consultation” to allow the public to review and comment on an earlier draft of what is now RDC-157/2016 (see “ANVISA Reveals Draft Serialization Regulation and Asks For Comments”). The newly adopted RDC-157 is clearly intended to guide the pilot and then ANVISA intends to update it as part of their analysis of the pilot results. They will likely go through another public consultation before they make it a final regulation that all companies will need to follow. Bottom line, if you are not part of the 3-Lot Pilot, don’t start implementing a solution until Continue reading Brazil Publishes RDC-157 To Regulate 2017 3-Lot Pilot
Last week, the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA), the healthcare regulator in Brazil, published a draft of their proposed pharma serialization regulations aimed at meeting the requirements of the new law number 13.410 of December 28, 2016 (see “Brazil Gets Rational With Their New Pharma Traceability Law”). The purpose of this new publication is to solicit comments from interested parties. It is called “Public Consultation No. 311 of February 15, 2017”. This is not a final regulation—the public consultation ends on March 17, 2017, after which changes to the text, based on the feedback collected, are likely before it becomes final—but it provides us with a solid view of ANVISA’s thinking, and that amounts to a big win for the industry, and for Brazil. Now is the time to read it over and submit your comments to help make it even better. Continue reading ANVISA Reveals Draft Serialization Regulation and Asks For Comments
A “product grouping” is any collection of saleable units of products that are bound together in some way. They can be “bundles”, homogeneous or non-homogeneous cases, totes, pallets or something like these. The pharma serialization regulations in some markets call out some of these groupings for special treatment, and some do not. I’ll try to catalog what we know about product groupings in each of the current, known regulations. Continue reading Serializing Product Groupings Under Global Regulations
Last week, Brazil President Michel Temer signed law number 13,410, which amends law number 11,903 from 2009, their original pharma serialization and tracing law. The effect of the new law on the old can be seen here. The problem for me is that I don’t read Portuguese, so I must rely on Google Translate to translate these texts. This results in an unofficial translation that has a few imperfections that are obvious, even to non-Portuguese readers, but it appears to be not bad. Continue reading Brazil Gets Rational With Their New Pharma Traceability Law
Apparently, the National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA), Brazil’s pharma regulatory body, has passed a resolution that finally suspends all remaining serialization deadlines that were left over in their old RDC-54 regulation. Remember that they suspended the deadline for the 3-lot pilot from RDC-54 last year (see “The Official Suspension of the Three-Lot Pilot in Brazil“). I consider this news to be a “rumor” only because I have not yet seen the official word, despite having heard it from a very reliable source.
The government of Brazil is trying to recover from the poor design of their first attempt at a pharma serialization and tracing regulation, RDC-54/2013. That first regulation was at least partially suspended (see “Brazil Suspends Pharma Serialization And Tracing Requirements” and “The Official Suspension of the Three-Lot Pilot in Brazil”). Everyone seems to be operating under the assumption that the entire RDC-54-2013 will be replaced with a new regulation. Legislation to do exactly that has been slowly churning its way through the Legislature for the last 9 months. Word came last week that Continue reading Proposed Pharma Serialization Regulation Progresses in Brazil
I hope your holidays were filled with love and cheer. Mine were. It was great. So great, in fact, that I did not have time to write a brand new essay for today. Not much has happened lately since we are still awaiting publications from the FDA, the EC and ANVISA (and others), Instead, here is one of my best essays from 2015, reposted as it appeared on August 31, 2015 without modification (see “An Open Letter To The FDA, EMA and ANVISA, RE: Who Are You Going To Punish?“). I’m even leaving in the off-season references. If you read this essay back then, you might enjoy it again. If you did not read it back then, I recommend that you read it now. Let me know what you think.
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