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HDMA Expresses Concerns About Industry Readiness for DSCSA

HDMA LogoLast week the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), the industry association for the U.S. primary healthcare distributors, published a letter from HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray to the FDA expressing concerns that not all members of the supply chain will be ready to exchange the transaction data mandated by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) by the January 1 deadline.

The letter expresses concern about the potential that complexities of implementing the law across the entire supply chain… Continue reading HDMA Expresses Concerns About Industry Readiness for DSCSA

Will The DSCSA Cause Drug Shortages After January 1?

FDALogoDr. Connie T. Jung, Acting Associate Director for Policy & Communications, Office of Drug Security, Integrity and Recalls, Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, spoke last week at the 2014 Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) Traceability Seminar in Arlington, VA.

The presentation was similar to those given in the past except she provided an update on the progress of the next draft guidance the Agency is expected to publish on standards for data exchange (see “DSCSA: Many Questions, Few Answers”).  The deadline imposed on the FDA by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) is November 27, 2014 for that draft, but during the FDA DSCSA Workshop last spring (see “The 2014 FDA DSCSA Workshop”), Dr. Jung said that the Agency recognized the need to publish earlier than that.  Last week she indicated that they will Continue reading Will The DSCSA Cause Drug Shortages After January 1?