Most RxTrace readers are at least aware of GS1 standards. GS1 is an international non-profit membership organization that facilitates the development and maintenance of technical standards that are intended for use within supply chain operations and interactions. GS1 standards are used in many supply chains including pharma. GS1 standards are playing an indispensable role in the implementation of pharma serialization, including their GTIN, GLN, SSCC, Datamatrix, application identifier and EPCIS standards. I have written frequently about GS1 and these specific standards (see “GS1”).
But today I want to draw your attention to a different standards development organization Continue reading The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS)
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.
One of the many questions we asked Continue reading Progress Toward Serialization!?
I am proud to announce the free availability of the 2015 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey Results, sponsored by Frequentz. You can download the new free report here.
This year’s results were very interesting because most of the responses came in during the critical time just before the 2015 DSCSA requirements were to go into effect. The questions asked were designed to elicit opinions on a wide range of topics, including the respondent company’s ability to meet the regulations on time, their technology choices and practices. This year Continue reading 2015 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey Results, Sponsored by Frequentz Now Available!
So far in RxTrace I have explored the possible implications of the California pedigree law on drug repackagers, 3PLs, VMI relationships and, of course wholesale distributors. Now let’s take a closer look at the murky world of the contract manufacturing organization (CMO). I call this world “murky” only because you have to look very carefully at the relationship between a CMO and the contracting manufacturer to fully understand how the pedigree law might be applied. And even then you are going to have to check with the California Board of Pharmacy because the law is so confusing in this area. Continue reading Working With CMOs Under California ePedigree