Last week the FDA announced it will coordinate one or more pilot(s) to assist in the development of the electronic, interoperable system that will identify and trace drugs in the U.S. under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in its Enhanced Drug Distribution Security (EDDS) phase starting in 2023. Once they start work on pilot planning, they will call for proposals from stakeholders and others. But they can’t start until they get permission from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and they won’t even ask OMB for permission until they collect comments on the proposed collection of information associated with establishing the pilot program. Believe it or not, that was the Continue reading What Should FDA Pilot?
This past week I have been on a vacation with my family in the Caribbean so I do not have a topical essay for you this week, except to announce the availability of the second edition of The Drug Supply Chain Security Act Explained. The full title is “The Drug Supply Chain Security Act Explained: Second Edition, Plus Explanations Of Key FDA DSCSA Guidances”. This time the book is available as a paperback and at the much more affordable price of only US$59.99.
Last week SAP announced the availability of their brand new software module they are calling “SAP Advanced Track and Trace for Pharmaceuticals”, or ATTP. Pharmaceutical Commerce magazine published an article about it recently that provides the details of what is contained in this new module. The same issue contained a sponsored article from SAP about the module. As long-term readers of RxTrace know, I do not endorse specific products and I rarely even write about specific products. This essay is not an endorsement— Continue reading SAP Makes Bold Move Into Pharma Traceability
The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) recently updated their “HDMA Qs and As on the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)” to version 2.0. This is a very well thought through document that will help companies understand how wholesale distributors are interpreting confusing or ambiguous sections of the law. The document leans heavily toward questions about how wholesale distributors will need to react in various situations, but it will also be a resource that manufacturers, repackagers and dispensers will want to obtain and review. What is really needed is for someone to do the same kind of analysis for questions that mainly affect those other supply chain entities. Continue reading InBrief: HDMA Updates DSCSA Q&A
RxTrace is pleased to announce a partnership with the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum, taking place March 30-April 1 in Boston, MA. In line with the upcoming regulatory and compliance deadlines, the Pharmaceutical Traceability Forum is the #1 event bringing together the brightest minds in the industry to discuss personal experiences and best strategies for preparing your serialization programs for 2015 and beyond.
As we near the end of 2014, several important pharma traceability deadlines around the world are approaching. Besides the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), these include deadlines in Brazil and South Korea. Of course, each regulation is different. Now that the initial implementation of the exchange of transaction data in the U.S. is widely being implemented in Electronic Data Exchange (EDI) Advance Ship Notices (ASNs), the next hurdle for drug manufacturers will be to deploy serialization technologies on their U.S. and Korea market packaging lines. The data exchange technology problem will shift to Brazil, and that’s where I see trouble. Continue reading Global Traceability Data Exchange: Troubled Waters Ahead
Let’s take a brief pause from our in-the-moment work on meeting today’s healthcare supply chain security needs and consider what the supply chain will look like in the future. Because of regulations and laws enacted in 2012 and 2013 in the U.S., and expected in 2014 in the E.U., we know more today about how healthcare supply chain security will work In 2024 than looking forward in any previous 10 year period. In the last two years the U.S. and the E.U. have enacted legislation and introduced regulations that will have a profound impact on the security of these major supply chains in ten years. These include:
- In the U.S.:
- In the E.U.:
There is an interesting dialog going on in the Food and Drug Serialization Professionals group in LinkedIn that was kicked off by a recent RxTrace essay. Click here to see the conversation. It got real interesting when Marc Rosenblatt, Director of Sales at Veracity Network, related an experience his company had in a recent pilot. He said:
“…An unsettling example occurred during one of our distributor pilot programs. Our system detected a number of counterfeit products (9% of the total sample to be exact) that were sent back as returns. This means that the molecular structure or product signature didn’t match up with the legitimate product standard. Upon further examination, it was discovered that the sealed bottles contained counterfeit replacements for the valid product. What makes this even a more difficult pill to swallow (pun intended) is the fact that these products would in most cases be restocked and sold again. The returns areas are the most overlooked link in the supply chain and from reading the DSCSA text, it continues to be (at least for the next 4 years).”
Marc’s reading of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), which is Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), gives him some comfort Continue reading DQSA: Dancing Around The Returns Problem