GS1 makes modifications and additions to their General Specifications every year—sometimes even twice a year. The latest is version 19 and was published in January 2019. The “GenSpecs” contain the full detailed definitions of every GS1 “key” and every GS1 barcode. While it doesn’t contain the definitions of every GS1 standard, it is the catch-all specification for their traditional core—mostly barcode related—standards. This is where GS1’s keys are defined, included the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN, Application Identifier, or AI = 01), Global Location Number (GLN), Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC, AI = 00), Global Returnable Asset Identifier (GRAI, AI = 8003) and all the others. Last year (GenSpecs version 18) GS1 introduced their latest key, the Global Model Number (GMN, AI = 8013). It’s an important addition, particularly for healthcare. Let me explain.Continue reading Meet The Latest GS1 Key: The Global Model Number (GMN)
A revolution occurred last week. Not by guns—by referendum. Like most revolutions, it caught a lot of people by surprise. The most laughable surprise comes from those who voted for the UK to leave the European Union as a kind of protest vote, but immediately became sorry they voted that way after learning that they had “won”, because they really didn’t mean it! It’s also laughable to hear the cries of the people who didn’t bother to vote because they felt confident that the referendum would go their way. Now they would like to go back in time so they can cast their vote. Whoops, too late.
What these people didn’t realize is that revolutions are serious business, whether executed with guns or with votes. One of the reasons Continue reading How Brexit Might Impact The Pharma Supply Chain
As serialization mandates sweep the world you would think that drug manufacturers and repackagers would just deploy one generic “serialization application” and simply turn it on for any drugs that requires it, and turn it off for any that do not. That’s probably what the legislatures and regulators who create the requirements think. RxTrace readers know it’s not nearly that easy.
The problem is that every regulation requires something different. The only common thread is that there is always a “serial number” requirement in there somewhere (thus the name). But the serial number itself is usually defined differently and everything else that surrounds the serial number is often not the same. It’s not a matter of just turning it on and off, it’s a matter of changing a bunch of parameters, which result in significantly more complexity in the setup, testing and validation of the system for each market. Continue reading Meeting U.S. and E.U. Drug Serialization Requirements With A Single Solution
I hope your holidays were filled with love and cheer. Mine were. It was great. So great, in fact, that I did not have time to write a brand new essay for today. Not much has happened lately since we are still awaiting publications from the FDA, the EC and ANVISA (and others), Instead, here is one of my best essays from 2015, reposted as it appeared on August 31, 2015 without modification (see “An Open Letter To The FDA, EMA and ANVISA, RE: Who Are You Going To Punish?“). I’m even leaving in the off-season references. If you read this essay back then, you might enjoy it again. If you did not read it back then, I recommend that you read it now. Let me know what you think.
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How are you? I’m sure your summer has been busy, just like mine. Hope you were able to get at least some time away. I’ve taken most Saturdays off, but the other days of the week have been very full with consulting, and then writing RxTrace essays every Sunday. You know, the wife is not very happy about that!
The reason I am writing directly to you at this time is to ask a question that I hope you are asking yourselves and planning ahead for. Continue reading An Open Letter To The FDA, EMA and ANVISA, RE: Who Are You Going To Punish?