I have now read the FDA’s new draft Grandfathering Policy that was published on Monday (see “FDA Publishes DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance Exactly 2 Years Late”) and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why it took two extra years beyond the due date to get it out. Back in September of 2015 I posted an essay that analyzed the options they had in front of them (see “Will Manufacturers Be Able To Grandfather Products In Their DC And 3PL?”). All they really had to do was chose from a short list of events that could trigger the drug’s transition into the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain at the time of the effective date. They had the following options: Continue reading FDA’s New DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance
Last week I listened in on a Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) call hosted by one of the Big-3 U.S. wholesale distributors. It was a well-run call that included several presentations and a Q&A session. Several times the question was discussed about whether or not the wholesale distributor would accept non-serialized product in the time between November 27, 2017 and November 27, 2019. Continue reading Who Will Enforce The DSCSA 2017 Serialization Mandate?
This week I am posting one of my favorite essays from last fall because at this moment, I am in the middle of moving my home and office from one side of the Chicago metro area to the other to be closer to our kids. Also at this moment, the FDA is almost eight months late in publishing the grandfathering guidance that was mandated by the DSCSA. Here it is again.
Regulations often make use of a concept known as “grandfathering” to soften a given deadline so that it is easier for companies to meet. When allowed, grandfathering allows Continue reading Will Manufacturers Be Able To Grandfather Products In Their DC And 3PL? Again
Over the next few years, the U.S. drug wholesale distributors are going to start dictating their specific requirements related to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) to their suppliers. For the “Big 3” U.S. wholesale distributors, those suppliers happen to be nearly every drug manufacturer who markets drugs in the United States. The “Big 3” include McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, which together distribute about 85% of all drugs that pass through the domestic supply chain.
Of course, each segment has Continue reading U.S. Drug Wholesale Distributors Provide Direction To Manufacturers
The pharmaceutical markets that currently have a serialization and/or tracing regulation on the books include the United States, the European Union, China, Brazil, India, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Not all are fully operational yet, but they are official. This list may be about to grow by two. Continue reading The Next Markets To Impose Pharma Serialization and Tracing?
As I reported last Thursday, the FDA published new revised guidance that extends their enforcement delay of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) data exchange requirements for dispensers by an additional 4 months (see “FDA Extends Dispenser Delay in DSCSA Enforcement“). What does this mean for drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors and repackagers? Continue reading Pay No Attention To The Enforcement Delay Unless You Are A Dispenser
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
One of the problems with trying to respond overnight to big announcements made by regulators is that it’s easy to leave something significant out. And in the ensuing days you find out what you should have included in those original essays. That’s what happened with my two essays from last week: “Brazil Suspends Pharma Serialization And Tracing Requirements” and “FDA Posts Wholesale Distributor and 3PL License Database“.
So let me add a few more thoughts and observations regarding Continue reading More Thoughts On FDA and ANVISA