China once had one of the most aggressive pharma serialization mandates of any market. Their compliance timeline began in 2007 with a list of “essential drugs” and ended in January of this year when, effectively, all drug packages were required to carry a unique serial number. Shortly after that milestone the government suspended that requirement, pending a new regulation. Since that time the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has posted several documents related to their new plans (see “China Adds Traceability Requirement To CFDA Drug Quality Management Specification”). Last month a new notice from the CFDA Continue reading China’s Retreat From Pharma Serialization: Will This Become A Global Trend?
Everyone who markets drugs in China has been watching for the publication of revised requirements for tracing drugs there since the government apparently suspended their previous requirements earlier this year. Interpreting Chinese government announcements is very hard to do. Even knowing for sure exactly what has been suspended about the previous regulation is very difficult. Google Translate does a poor job of making Chinese understandable enough to provide me with confidence.
With all that said, a few weeks ago a notice appeared Continue reading China Adds Traceability Requirement To CFDA Drug Quality Management Specification
Do you know what situation your peers’ businesses are in, and what they’re working to? To find out just that, IQPC polled their network of pharmaceutical serialization professionals and got responses from representatives of over 20 companies.
The results? Most find data storage and management to be their biggest issue, citing ERP systems as some of their biggest investments in 2016 and going forward. It follows that over 50% of those we polled are either implementing their strategies in multiple sites or already done and thinking beyond compliance.
IQPC also asked about their biggest inhibitors, their current and future budgets, and their experience with international compliance. If you want to find out what your peers think about these topics, you can download the survey report, or meet them on-site at the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, May 23 – 25 in Philadelphia. Use the discount code PT_RXTRACE to get 20% off the standard price! Continue reading Sponsored: Tracking Serialization: 2016 Pharma Trace Market Trends
The final report of the 2016 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey, sponsored by Frequentz is now available. Download the full free report here. With this year’s survey we attempted to get a glimpse of the progress toward the next deadlines of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) from drug manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, 3PLs and dispensers. Each of those different types of respondents were asked a different set of questions that were pertinent to their segment and their regulatory requirements under the DSCSA.
It’s time to think about what is likely to happen in 2016 with regard to pharma serialization and traceability. As part of that, let me remind you right off the top to fill out the 2016 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey, sponsored by Frequentz. You don’t have to be a subscriber to respond and the results will also be open to everyone in the coming months.
So what about 2016? I think Continue reading RxTrace Preview of 2016
Those of you who are paying close attention to the presidential election campaigns in the United States late last week were treated to a news story that may be a preview of stories that will be written at some point after 2023. The story is about the potential game-changing impact of technology on business when competitors are forced to share a data repository. That is, when private data that would be considered strategically valuable, in some way, if a competitor were to gain access to it, is held by an independent third-party.
I was more than a little disappointed when I saw that SecuringIndustry.com had beaten me in a race to publish an essay/article about the new crazy serialization and traceability requirements published last week by the government of India. That was to be my topic for next Monday. But after reading their excellent coverage—received just as I was sitting down to begin writing—I felt better. At least I had not yet started writing! Don’t miss Phil Taylor’s excellent coverage and his link to the source regulation. See if you agree how crazy it is. The deadlines are now Continue reading India’s Pharma Export Regulations Update And The NECC Story
The use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Advance Ship Notices (ASNs) in the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain has expanded over the last year, due entirely to its recognition by the FDA as a valid method for passing the Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH), and Transaction Statements (TS) as required by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) has encouraged that expansion by publishing a “how-to” guide for meeting the requirements of the DSCSA using an ASN (see “HDMA Has Updated Their EDI ASN Guidance For DSCSA, Again”).
Although not everything has worked out Continue reading Will EPCIS Event Exchange Replace EDI ASNs for DSCSA Someday?