Last week the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) released a prospectus for the, as yet, unnamed non-profit organization that they are trying to kickstart to help govern supply chain interoperability of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) solutions targeting the Enhance Drug Distribution Security (EDDS) phase that will go into effect in November of 2023 (see “PDSA’s Proposal for Governance of DSCSA Phase II Interoperability” and “PDSA Brainstorms Vision For DSCSA Governance Organization With Stakeholders”). You can download the prospectus here.Continue reading PDSA Releases Prospectus To Prospective Governance Group Members
Can President Trump, HHS Secretary Azar and Acting FDA Commissioner Sharpless eliminate/adjust/reinterpret any part of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) to allow Florida, Colorado, Vermont, Maine or any other US state or territory to import drugs from foreign markets? Let’s take a closer look at what’s been going on recently with the idea of importing drugs from other markets in an attempt to help American citizens buy them at a lower cost.Continue reading Can Trump/Azar/Sharpless Eliminate Parts of the DSCSA to Enable Importation?
The commercial use of barcodes began 45 years ago last week, and RxTrace began 10 years ago this week. These are pretty incredible milestones and it is worth stepping back and thinking about what it all means. GS1 issued a press release about the barcode’s 45th anniversary last week, providing links to several videos. These include some old-timey videos of what grocery checkout was like before barcodes, and when the UPC barcode was first introduced in Troy, Ohio in 1973. It made me feel old.Continue reading Barcodes 45, RxTrace 10
Most RxTrace readers will recall that China was an early adopter of drug traceability. Back in 2007, companies were required to begin printing unique identifiers in linear barcodes on certain drug packages. The unique identifiers had to be purchased from a government contractor. The list of drugs grew each year to the point where all drugs were effectively covered by early 2016. But shortly after that, the whole requirement was suspended (see “China’s Retreat From Pharma Serialization: Will This Become A Global Trend?” and “China Adds Traceability Requirement To CFDA Drug Quality Management Specification”). Then last summer, a new government agency, the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), posted three draft guidance documents for review and comments (see “China Posts New Draft Pharma Serialization Guidelines”). Finally, last month, the NMPA published two of those documents in final form, “Implemented on April 19, 2019”.Continue reading China: NMPA Drug Traceability Guidance
Last week the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) held a workshop for interested stakeholders to brainstorm just how their proposed independent, balanced and sector-neutral organization might meet their vision. This was the follow-on meeting tied to the publication of two documents last month that provided their “vision” and the actual proposal for the organization (see “PDSA’s Proposal for Governance of DSCSA Phase II Interoperability”).Continue reading PDSA Brainstorms Vision For DSCSA Governance Organization With Stakeholders
Last week, the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) published two papers aimed at kickstarting the creation of a new non-profit organization that would accept the responsibility for setting up and executing governance over Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) phase II interoperability (see “A Serious DSCSA Governance Organizational Proposal Emerges From PDSA”). PDSA defines “DSCSA phase II” to be the same as what the DSCSA text calls the “Enhanced Drug Distribution Security” (EDDS) phase (see “EDDS: The New Data Exchange Requirements”). The EDDS phase (err, Phase II of the DSCSA) starts on November 27, 2023. In most informal conversations this phase is usually just referred to as “2023”.Continue reading PDSA’s Proposal for Governance of DSCSA Phase II Interoperability
Last November pharma manufacturers selling into the U.S. market had to meet a big serialization and verification deadline under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Now, pharma wholesale distributors in the United States are facing their own important deadline this coming November. Remember how manufacturers had to scramble and go through a lot of pain to achieve compliance in time? Your friendly neighborhood wholesale distributors—big and small—are going through that now. And the problem is…they can’t do what they need on their own. They need all drug manufacturers to do something so that they can be compliant with the DSCSA in November.Continue reading DSCSA: What Wholesalers Want
Lots of people have been talking lately about what interoperable data exchange in the US pharma supply chain will look like after the Enhance Drug Distribution Security (EDDS) phase of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) takes effect in November 2023 (see “Does Interoperability Change In 2023?”, “5 Myths About The DSCSA In 2023” and “Interoperability And The DSCSA”).
Increasingly, I’ve heard the opinion expressed that there will surely be multiple approaches adopted for exchanging data, and so it will be necessary for all of those approaches to be made interoperable with each other. Proponents of this idea claim it is unrealistic to expect a single approach to be accepted by all companies in the supply chain and therefore, having to deal with multiple approaches is inevitable. This kind of talk makes me nervous. Here’s why.Continue reading DSCSA: Interoperable Data Exchange In 2023