Until the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was passed as part of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) last year (see “It’s Official, President Obama Signs H.R. 3204, DQSA, Into Law”), companies could use whatever code they wanted to refer to the prescription drug products in supply chain operations and for their own inventory management. Some probably chose the 10-digit National Drug Code (NDC), some probably chose the 11-digit reimbursement code that is based on the 10-digit NDC, and some probably chose to use a 12- or 14-digit GS1 Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as a reference code for their inventory data. But now that the DSCSA mandates the use of the 10-digit NDC when exchanging transaction data on January 1, companies using the other codes that are based on the NDC might need to Continue reading The DSCSA, the NDC, Inventory Management, GS1 GTINs…and Turkeys
Manufacturers of class III medical devices are (hopefully) breathing a sigh of relief today after the recent scurry of activity leading up to yesterday’s deadline for meeting the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulation. Now they can relax, right? Well, odds are, most of them also make class II devices, and maybe even some that are “life supporting and/or life sustaining” devices as well, which means the march toward the next UDI deadlines has to start all over again.
Fortunately, the experience gained by those who faced this first deadline can help guide those who need to meet the next one(s). Device distributors and hospitals will Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About UDI In One Neat Package
I am working this week, but I know this is a popular time for vacations, especially for those who do not have children in school. I typically write my Monday essays over the weekend, but because it was a holiday weekend and my wife and I did some leisure traveling, I decided to re-post a popular essay from earlier this year: “Is Your Drug Exempt From The Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act?“.
I wrote this essay to help companies, large and small, figure out whether or not their products might be exempt from the DSCSA. In it, I provide a kind of a formula that you can use to determine if a given product is exempt or not. At least it’s a series of questions or statements that you can ask yourself about your product. So without further ado,
IS YOUR DRUG EXEMPT FROM THE FEDERAL DRUG SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY ACT?
Ever since the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) was signed into law last November Continue reading Is Your Drug Exempt From The Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act? Revisited
It is time to look at the better healthcare supply chain conferences coming up this fall. This year the focus will be on the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and the Unique Device Identification (UDI) final rule implementations. For the DSCSA I think we will see presentations aimed at both the immediate 2015 data exchange requirements and those aimed at the 2017 serialization requirements, but I also expect to see presentations aimed at “second generation” data exchange—those based on GS1’s recently updated Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard. After meeting the initial data exchange requirements for Transaction Information (TI), Transaction History (TH) and Transaction Statements (TS) in January, companies will need to begin preparing for the second generation using EPCIS (see “DQSA: Getting To Electronic Transaction Data Exchange”). That transition will likely occur over the next three years. Continue reading 2014 Fall Conference Season Preview
Yesterday the FDA posted a new document on their website with the title, “Unique Device Identification System: Small Entity Compliance Guide, Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff”. The document is 23 pages long and it includes an explanation—in what the FDA calls “plain language”—of the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) system and the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). It is aimed at small businesses, but it is a good read for anyone who wants an overview of the regulation. The guidance contains non-binding recommendations for companies who must meet the UDI final rule, including makers of class III medical devices, which must comply by September 24 of this year.
The document was a requirement under Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. That act requires the FDA to Continue reading FDA Posts Small Entity Compliance Guide For UDI and GUDID
From reading the responses to the FDA docket requesting public feedback on standards for interoperable information exchange, I think it is time to review the difference between laws, FDA Rules and FDA guidance, like those stemming from the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). It appears that some people might be confusing these a little.
Dr. Connie Jung, RPh, PhD, Acting Associate Director of Policy and Communications, in the Office of Drug Security, Integrity and Recalls, in the Office of Compliance within the U.S. FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, helped put it all into perspective for me. During one of the breaks at the recent FDA DSCSA Workshop (see “The 2014 FDA DSCSA Workshop“) I asked Dr. Jung what the odds are Continue reading The Differences Between The DSCSA, FDA Rules and Guidance
Are you behind in your preparations for the September 24, 2014 deadline for Unique Device Identification on class III medical devices (see “UDI Deadline For Class III Medical Devices Quickly Approaching”)? Do you need to apply for an 1-year extension of the compliance date for a class III medical device or a device licensed under the Public Health Service Act? Do you need to file an exception from or alternative to the requirement for the label of a device to bear a unique device identifier (§ 801.20) or other UDI requirement under 21 CFR 801 Subpart B (Labeling Requirements for Unique Device Identification) for a specified device or a specified type of device? Do you need to continue using an existing National Health Related Item Code (NHRIC) or National Drug Code (NDC) Labeler Code that was assigned to you by the FDA in the past (see “UDI And The Approaching End Of The NDC”)?
If you answered “yes”, or, “Uh…I think so”, to any of the questions above, then Continue reading Requesting an Extension/Exception to the U.S. FDA UDI Rules
There is a lot of angst in the pharma community right now about the fast approaching DSCSA first deadline for the exchange of transaction data, but the medical device community is dealing with an even earlier deadline: the September 24, 2014 deadline for UDI on class III medical devices.
The FDA UDI web page lists the following requirements for the September deadline, now less than five months away:
- The labels and packages of class III medical devices and devices licensed under the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) must bear a UDI. § 801.20.
- Dates on the labels of these devices must be formatted as required by § 801.18.
- Data for these devices must be submitted to the Global Unique Device Identifier Database (GUDID). § 830.300.
- A 1-year extension of this compliance date may be requested under § 801.55; such a request must be submitted no later than June 23, 2014.
- Class III stand-alone software must provide its UDI as required by § 801.50(b).