Most RxTrace readers are at least aware of GS1 standards. GS1 is an international non-profit membership organization that facilitates the development and maintenance of technical standards that are intended for use within supply chain operations and interactions. GS1 standards are used in many supply chains including pharma. GS1 standards are playing an indispensable role in the implementation of pharma serialization, including their GTIN, GLN, SSCC, Datamatrix, application identifier and EPCIS standards. I have written frequently about GS1 and these specific standards (see “GS1”).
But today I want to draw your attention to a different standards development organization Continue reading The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS)
Last week, Rx-360, a pharma supply chain consortium aimed at patient safety through a secure supply chain, quietly published the white paper on Traceability Data Exchange Architecture (TDEA) (see “Pharma Supply Chain Companies Organize To Establish Global Traceability Data Exchange Architecture”).
This is a new addition of major importance to the thin collection of public resources companies have available to understand the scope and the specifics of pharma serialization and traceability regulations around the world—and that’s just the first half of the document. In fact, that half is so complete and well written that it should be downloaded and read immediately by anyone facing those regulations anywhere in the world…especially if Continue reading InBrief: The Rx-360 Traceability Data Exchange Architecture White Paper
One of the best sessions during last week’s LogiPharma conference held in Princeton, NJ was called “Staging Your Implementation To Meet The 2017 Deadline”. The “deadline” refers to the November 27, 2017 deadline for drug manufacturers to apply unique serial numbers to all drug packages and cases shipped into the U.S. market as required in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), but it can also refer to similar deadlines with similar requirements in a number of other regions of the world. The panel included knowledgeable representatives from two of the largest global pharma manufacturers selling into the U.S. market. Both manufacturers are facing serialization mandates in the E.U., Brazil, Turkey, South Korea, China, India, Argentina and a few countries in Africa as well as the U.S.
As they spoke about their respective programs for meeting the requirements, one of the speakers mentioned that roughly 90% Continue reading Pharma Serialization: Going Totally Global Soon
If there is one overriding lesson exposed by my essays last week it is that the companies in the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain must quickly organize to work out technology and process issues that stand in the way of an efficient implementation of phase 1 of Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 (see “DQSA: Getting To Electronic Transaction Data Exchange” and “DQSA: Will U.S. Pharma Distributors Mandate Aggregation Data In Phase 1?”). Title II of the DQSA is the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).
The law gives the FDA one year to publish guidance containing standards for use by companies in the supply chain for the exchange of Continue reading DQSA: The U.S. Pharma Supply Chain Must Organize, Or Risk Failure
While we wait for President Obama to sign the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 (DQSA, a.k.a. H.R. 3204) we can be confident it will become law in the next week or so. This President has been presented with over 740 bills so far in his Presidency and he has signed all but two. He has 10 days to sign the bill or it becomes law anyway but there might be some delay in the process between passage by the Senate and when the President is presented with the bill.
My interest in the DQSA of 2013 is only the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCS) which is Title II within the overall bill. I’m going to keep referring to it as the DQSA of 2013 but be aware that I probably won’t ever write about the compounding part, Title I. If that is what brought you here, sorry, look elsewhere.
It is not law yet, but we can now be 100% sure it will be very soon. Even before the bill was Continue reading DQSA: Getting To Electronic Transaction Data Exchange
Last month, Eli Lilly posted a video about their serialization initiative on YouTube. It features Grant Lindman, Manager of Lilly’s Global Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, and David Colombo, Commercial Implementation Leader of Lilly’s Global Serialization Program talking about their global serialization program. It is worth a listen. Continue reading Eli Lilly: “Serialization Needs Standardization”
The U.S. FDA is poised to publish their final Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule any day now. The publication was due earlier in the summer but has apparently been held up in the review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) without any kind of accurate timeline. The organizers of this year’s UDI Conference are hoping the FDA will be able to announce its publication at their event this Thursday and Friday in Baltimore. I understand that not everyone is looking forward to its publication, but some are kind of tired of waiting for it. I’ll bet Jay Crowley and his team Continue reading What The UDI Date Format Says About FDA’s Direction
Last 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