I did not participate in the development of the Pharmaceutical Traceability Enhancement Code (RxTEC), a proposed Congressional bill that was created by the industry lobbying group known as the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA). In fact, while I was aware that a group had been formed last year I wasn’t aware that they were working on drafting an actual proposed bill until their discussion draft (dated February 27, 2012) appeared on the internet about 10 days ago. I first saw it on Ed Silverman’s Pharmalot blog.
I also saw a presentation by one of the members of the PDSA last week that touched on the RxTEC proposal. It was characterized as a “stepping-stone” to full traceability in the U.S. supply chain someday down the road. In other words, the PDSA apparently means that their RxTEC proposal isn’t the final destination but it is only the first step toward that ideal. At least, that’s how I interpreted that “stepping-stone” comment.
PLATEAUS OF SECURITY
Now this is a concept that is familiar to me. In fact, as an idea stripped of all of the RxTEC-specific details, it is identical to the idea beneath the approach I proposed in a pair of RxTrace essays last May and June called “Plateaus of Pharma Supply Chain Security” and “SNI’s Are Not Enough In a Plateau-Based Supply Chain Security Approach”.
This single underlying idea originates, on both accounts, from the fact that the amount of illegitimate activities within the U.S. supply chain is really quite small compared with the rest of the world (see my essay, “Illegitimate Drugs In The U.S. Supply Chain: Needle In A Haystack”), and to reduce it further will take Continue reading What If RxTEC Isn’t Adopted?