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
FDA official, Connie Jung PhD, Senior Advisor for Policy, spoke at the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Serialization Workshops event yesterday to provide background on the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). I used the opportunity to ask her a number of questions regarding some of the things I based my prediction in Monday’s essay that the FDA will announce a delay in the DSCSA in the next three weeks (see “FDA Tea Leaves: Are They About To Delay The November Deadline?”). The timing was perfect, and when I registered for the event, I didn’t even know the FDA was on the agenda.
I don’t have any hard evidence, but there are some interesting things out there that just might point to a coming delay in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) November 27, 2017 deadline for drug manufacturer serialization and electronic transaction data exchange. Let’s call them “tea leaves”, and let me attempt to “read” them. They might turn out to be meaningless, so don’t take any action based on such speculation. And if you know something more, or interpret something differently, leave a message.
During the Cold War the U.S. government and the press attempted to figure out what was going on in the Soviet Union by paying attention to who was standing next to whom during military parades. Our exercise might see a little like that. Continue reading FDA Tea Leaves: Are They About To Delay The November Deadline?
The Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) is a coalition of companies and organizations dedicated to the safety and integrity of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain. When the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) went into effect on November 27, 2013 the PDSA began to serve as a voice for its members in communications with the U.S. FDA. Their preferred way of communication is through formal letters signed by their legal advisor, Vince Ventimiglia. PDSA letters to the FDA are really interesting because they do an excellent job of providing recommendations for the FDA to consider as they prepared to publish the four guidance documents that were due back on November 27, 2015. The FDA has still not published those documents. Continue reading In Absence Of FDA Guidance, Follow PDSA Recommendations
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.
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
Last week the US FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) published an update to their guidance agenda for calendar 2016. Originally published in January, this is the mid-year update, when the CDER has a shorter window to think about and, presumably, can be more accurate. What has changed since January? The number of Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)-related draft guidance they expect to publish by year end remains the same, as reported by our friends at the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS).
In fact, according to RAPS, those same six draft guidances were Continue reading FDA Plans Busy Second Half of 2016 With Six DSCSA Draft Guidances Expected
Last week, Connie Jung, RPh, PhD, Acting Associate Director for Policy and Communications, Office of Drug Security, Integrity, & Recalls, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, spoke about the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) at the GS1 US Connect event in Washington DC. This was our latest opportunity to get a glimpse of what the FDA is thinking and what they are doing. Dr. Jung spoke for about 50 minutes and then answered questions from the audience. Continue reading FDA Speaks At GS1 Connect
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’?