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DSCSA Cascading Delays

Last week I covered the likely impact of the recent draft compliance policy currently under a 60-day public comment period (see “DSCSA and RxTrace: The Song Remains The Same“).  This week, I will take a look at its likely impact on downstream trading partners, including repackagers, wholesale distributors and dispensers.

Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), these organizations have specific obligations to only engage in transactions with product that has the DSCSA-mandated product identifier (serial number) on it (see “The DSCSA Product Identifier On Drug Packages“).  And when investigating suspect product or receiving saleable returns, they must Continue reading DSCSA Cascading Delays

Pharma Industry Attention Returns to Serialization

FDA sNDC example plus lot and expiry as a GS1 DataMatrix symbolBefore the passage of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) on November 27, 2013, the pharma industry was focused pretty well on getting the California-mandated serial numbers on 50% of their drug packages by last Thursday (January 1, 2015), and the remainder of their products by next January.  But that mandate evaporated by federal preemption as soon as the Federal bill was signed into law.  From that moment on, everyone turned their sights toward meeting the data exchange requirements of the DSCSA by last Thursday (see “DQSA: How Should Transaction Data Be Exchanged?”).  Of course, just before Christmas, the FDA pushed that effective date out to May 1, 2015 (see “FDA Postpones Enforcement of DSCSA Transaction Data Exchange Until May 1”).

That extension in enforcement is a blessing to a few Continue reading Pharma Industry Attention Returns to Serialization

DQSA: Will U.S. Pharma Distributors Mandate Aggregation Data In Phase 1?

worker with stacker at warehouseI attended the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) Track and Trace Seminar held in Crystal City, VA on November 11-13, 2013.  I was particularly interested in the session called “Distributor Case Studies and Updates”, as were a lot of other people.  The speakers were:

Each speaker gave a brief presentation about their current serialization and pedigree programs before taking questions as a panel.  As you would expect, all of the preparation these companies have done up to this point has been aimed squarely at the California pedigree law which would have gone into effect for wholesalers in California in mid-2016.  But, Continue reading DQSA: Will U.S. Pharma Distributors Mandate Aggregation Data In Phase 1?

The Surprise Consequence of the California Pedigree Law

Important Notice To Readers of This Essay On November 27, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 into law. That act has many provisions, but one is to pre-empt all existing and future state serialization and pedigree laws like those that previously existed in California and Florida. Some or all of the information contained in this essay is about some aspect of one or more of those state laws and so that information is now obsolete. It is left here only for historical purposes for those wishing to understand those old laws and the industry’s response to them.The California pedigree law will have a surprising influence on how the pharmaceutical supply chain operates in another state.  I’ll get to that in a minute, but first, the law will change some things about the way the supply chain operates in all states.  Prescription drug manufacturers who want to continue offering their products to patients within California after 2015-2016 must add unique serial numbers to each drug package and start an electronic drug pedigree.

California is the only state that requires both of those things but most manufacturers are forced to treat the California state law as if it applies nationwide.  That’s because most drug manufacturers sell through distributors in the United States and so they have no way of knowing which drug package will end up being shipped into California and which ones will not.  Voila!  Pharma manufacturers end up having to serialize and create a pedigree for every single package that enters the U.S. supply chain.

This almost certain outcome will likely affect the full nationwide supply chain in a couple of interesting ways.


That will be a big change, even outside of California.  Here are some of the things I think we will see happen: Continue reading The Surprise Consequence of the California Pedigree Law