A few months ago, the government of the Russian Federation adopted Order Number 791-r, which appears to have significance for pharma serialization there. The primary deviation from the pharma serialization specification that has dictated the government pilot in Russia since early 2017 is the addition of two new data elements to the datamatrix barcode on secondary packaging. For the pilot, the datamatrix barcode contained:
From now through November 2020, the deadlines for meeting the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) happen every year. The pace of change has accelerated and companies need to remain vigilant to stay compliant. Fortunately, there are three important new DSCSA resources that became available in the last two weeks.
Last month, GS1 US published a report on a DSCSA barcode assessment they conducted last year with two of the largest wholesale distributors in the US, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson. The goal of the assessment was to take a “snapshot” of pharmaceutical manufacturer progress toward meeting the serialization requirement of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) by analyzing drug packages actually in the market.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are working non-stop to get the serialization systems in place necessary to meet the USA DSCSA mandate going live this November, and the EU FMD mandate going live the following February of 2019. If serialization projects aren’t in full flight at this time, there is a significant chance that a manufacturer will not meet the deadline, not be compliant and not be able to distribute product in those geographies.
It’s difficult to keep up to date on all the milestones and requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Because the law contains 10 years’ worth of deadlines and detailed requirements for every segment of the supply chain, it’s easy to get lost and miss what your company should be working on now. Fortunately, most companies need only focus on what is coming up next, while keeping an eye on the long-term requirements. Toward that end, Systech has just introduced the first...
President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a new law the last week of December 2017 that is important for pharmaceutical manufacturers distributing products to or manufacturing in Russia. It establishes January 1, 2020 as
The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) Traceability Seminar is always a great event to find out about the current industry response to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), and ideas for where it is headed in the future. This year was particularly valuable for those who attended. Sessions included a DSCSA update from the FDA, HDA perspectives on DSCSA guidance, manufacturer perspectives on serialization, an update on HDA’s Verification Router Service (VRS) and other technology...
Systech is a member and strong supporter of GS1 Healthcare, the global group that promotes standardization in healthcare product and entity identification. On October 17, 2017 in Chicago, GS1 Healthcare held their fall Global Healthcare Conference.
Now let’s look at some of the complications for drug manufactures when meeting the Europe's Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), and particularly the Delegated Regulation.