These are the last few days of 2014. During the rush up to Christmas, the FDA gave the industry a gift by announcing that they will not enforce the transaction data exchange requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) until May 1, 2015—a four month delay (see “FDA Postpones Enforcement of DSCSA Transaction Data Exchange Until May 1” for details). So things are likely to be quieter this week than they otherwise might have been. And if you are one of those who are working this week, why not fill out the 2015 RxTrace U.S. Pharma Traceability Survey, sponsored by Frequentz? It will be closed soon so make sure you click here to fill it out now.
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.
The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) contains record-keeping requirements for drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors, repackagers and dispensers that begin on January 1st. All companies must keep a copy of the Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH), and Transaction Statements (TS) they receive and those they send for at least six years. In addition, manufacturers and repackagers must also retain knowledge about the “product identifier” on each unit they sell into the supply chain for a period of six years after the date it was sold. Companies who perform investigations into suspect product must also keep records of their process and the outcome for six years.
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