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The Russia Serialization Pilot Guideline

The Russia Ministry of Health (MoH) is conducting a serialization and tracing pilot with a number of supply chain members between February 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 (see “Russia Begins Its Pharma Supply Chain Pilot”).  The MoH is due to publish an assessment of the pilot by next February 1st

Two weeks ago the Russian Minister of Health, Veroníka Skvortsova, signed the guidelines document for the pilot.  The 42-page document appears to be written as a pilot setup document, as opposed to Continue reading The Russia Serialization Pilot Guideline

The Intrigue Contained In The New China Drug Code

The CFDA “Bit Code”

Over the last few weeks, the pharma serialization and tracing landscape has begun to shift in China.  The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced a new use for an existing “National Drug Code” in Public Notice 2017-1 that, according to Google Translate (a helpful but very imperfect translator), will be referred to as the “Bit Code”.  In addition, a new notice has appeared on the AliHealth-hosted web portal that drug companies have been using for the last seven years or so to obtain serial numbers for their drug packages.  Automated translation tools leave too much to speculation so companies should not use them for compliance purposes.  However, here are my thoughts/speculation on what is happening.  Continue reading The Intrigue Contained In The New China Drug Code

FDA Chooses DUNS For Unique Facility Identifier

The DUNS NumberLast week the FDA published draft, non-binding guidance for their recommended unique facility identifier (UFI) for use in registering foreign and domestic drug  establishments.  Last year, Congress passed the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) to address safety concerns induced by inspection gaps of facilities outside the United States and other issues (see “The Supply Chain Provisions Of The FDA Safety & Innovation Act”).  In that law, Congress required the FDA to come up with some way of uniquely identifying all foreign and domestic facilities that are involved in the manufacture and importation of drugs.  This new guidance is the response. Continue reading FDA Chooses DUNS For Unique Facility Identifier