Back on July 3, 2018 the FDA issued a notice of “inspectional observations”—known as an “FDA Form 483”—containing observations that appeared to the inspector to be potential violations of certain sections of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The FDA recently posted the form on their website, but did not post the response from the company. I assume McKesson would have contested it. Without knowing what McKesson said to the FDA in response, let’s take a closer look at the FDA’s logic and come up with our own thoughts. Continue reading McKesson’s DSCSA 483 Explained
As I mentioned last week, the FDA published two new draft DSCSA guidance documents on the day of the recent FDA DSCSA Public Meeting (see “FDA DSCSA Public Meeting #3: A Difference?”). Let’s take a closer look at what’s in them and their significance to companies facing the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). I’ll cover one of the two in this essay and cover the other document in the next essay. Continue reading DSCSA Guidance: Definitions of Suspect and Illegitimate Product for Verification Obligations
Here we are, waiting for the FDA to publish new draft guidance related to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) after a deadline that passed more than a year ago, and what do we get? A final version of a guidance document that was originally published in draft form two and a half years ago: “Identification of Suspect Product and Notification”. Well, OK, thanks.
I have to say, this is important guidance. In fact, it is probably the most important DSCSA guidance that the FDA has published yet, whether in draft or final forms. And, unfortunately, Continue reading FDA Finalizes Guidance On Suspect Product
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
I was on the HDMA’s website last week doing some research for one of my clients, and I found that the HDMA has updated their highly regarded Q&A document that provides answers to questions related to the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). I have reviewed this document before in its previous incarnation and view it as one of the best resources out there for all supply chain participants (see “InBrief: HDMA Updates DSCSA Q&A“). Each time they update it they Continue reading HDMA Updates Q&A For DSCSA
Yesterday the U.S. FDA posted the first issue of the wholesale distributor and third-party logistics provider (3PL) database as mandated by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Through this webpage, you can either download the entire database (in .XLS form), or enter a specific query and then download that result set if desired. I couldn’t get the result set download to work, so there are obviously some bugs that need to get worked out, but this is still an important step in the implementation of the DSCSA.
With this posting, anyone who buys drugs Continue reading FDA Posts Wholesale Distributor and 3PL License Database
When the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was signed into law last November, it introduced a new term into the supply chain lexicon: “Dispenser”. It is unfortunate that the authors chose not to use a more recognizable word—like “pharmacies”, or “hospitals”, or “physicians”—because, if they had, more organizations in the dispensing sector might have taken more notice of the requirements they are facing. But, of course, they could not do that because they wanted to refer to all of those organizations using a single term. All of those types of organizations fall into the DSCSA definition of “dispensers” and the use of that word appears to have led to some confusion, and therefore some amount of complacency.
“Dispenser” is one of the terms the DSCSA defines so that the rest of the text does not need to repeat the full list of organizations the authors are referring to (see “Don’t Skip The DQSA Definition of Terms Section”). Its definition is only applicable Continue reading Who Is A DSCSA Dispenser?
The FDA published the draft guidance on the identification of suspect product and notification of suspect and illegitimate product on June 11 as mandated by Congress in the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The document provides helpful suggestions for those who wish to reduce the risk that they will unknowingly acquire illegitimate product through increased vigilance. The suggestions are based on the experience the FDA has gained in their investigations over the years of many situations where companies have been duped by criminals into purchasing drugs that turned out to be counterfeit, diverted, stolen, adulterated, or otherwise unfit for consumption. No legitimate company wants to be a party to buying, selling or dispensing to patients that kind of product, so Continue reading The FDA’s Draft Guidance on Suspect Product, and Farewell Columbus