I am writing this from Mumbai India where I am scheduled to speak at the Systech Uniquity Conference, but I will be home by the time you read this. I just won’t have time to publish a new essay this week due to the incredibly long flights I need to get home. So, here is a re-posting of a great essay from May 9, 2016.
DSCSA: Kit, Repack, Combo Product, or Just A ‘Collection’?
Medical convenience kits are exempt from the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). But be careful. Continue reading DSCSA: Kit, Repack, Combo Product, or Just A ‘Collection’?…Again
Medical convenience kits are exempt from the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). But be careful. Just because you and your customers have called your product “a kit” for years doesn’t mean that Congress and the FDA call it that under the DSCSA. In fact, many products that have historically been referred to as “medical convenience kits” will be treated under the DSCSA as a repackaged drug, a combination product, or worse, just a collection of device(s) and drug(s). Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading DSCSA: Kit, Repack, Combo Product, or Just A ‘Collection’?
A while back I posted an essay called “Who Is A DSCSA Dispenser?”. I don’t think many actual dispensers read it because about half of the dispensers I run into think the earliest they have to do anything is July of next year. The other half don’t think there is anything in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) about them at all. Too bad. Both are wrong.
Fortunately I think repackagers know better. At least they should, because the DSCSA contains a lot of specific requirements for them. Repackagers have most of the same requirements that manufacturers do, plus they have many of the wholesale distributor requirements. A double whammy.
Most people in the industry know what a repackager is. Typically they are companies that buy drugs from a manufacturer or a wholesale distributor and then open the packages and put the drug into a new package type. This can include putting the drug into a larger or smaller quantity package, or from bottles into blister cards or even unit dose packs for use in an automated picking machine. It can also include companies who Continue reading Who Is A DSCSA Repackager?
The California pedigree law will have a surprising influence on how the pharmaceutical supply chain operates in another state. I’ll get to that in a minute, but first, the law will change some things about the way the supply chain operates in all states. Prescription drug manufacturers who want to continue offering their products to patients within California after 2015-2016 must add unique serial numbers to each drug package and start an electronic drug pedigree.
California is the only state that requires both of those things but most manufacturers are forced to treat the California state law as if it applies nationwide. That’s because most drug manufacturers sell through distributors in the United States and so they have no way of knowing which drug package will end up being shipped into California and which ones will not. Voila! Pharma manufacturers end up having to serialize and create a pedigree for every single package that enters the U.S. supply chain.
This almost certain outcome will likely affect the full nationwide supply chain in a couple of interesting ways.
AFTER 2015: ALL DRUGS IN THE U.S. SUPPLY CHAIN ARE SERIALIZED AND PEDIGREED BY THE MANUFACTURER
That will be a big change, even outside of California. Here are some of the things I think we will see happen: Continue reading The Surprise Consequence of the California Pedigree Law
The California ePedigree law goes into effect for manufacturers in 2015/2016. In mid-2016 distributors and repackagers will need to comply. The California pedigree law includes the need for manufacturers and repackagers to serialize drugs at the smallest level of distribution to pharmacies. That’s just one of the requirements, they also need to make reference to those serial numbers in the ePedigrees that they create (manufacturers) or update (repackagers, distributors and pharmacies). (For more on the full pedigree regulation see my essays “The California Pedigree Law” and “California Pedigree Law: Historic Change To Commerce”). The implications of this to repackagers are unique. Let’s explore why. Continue reading Repackaging Drugs Under A Serialization Regulation