“Blockchain startup Mediledger has published the results of its FDA blockchain pilot for the pharmaceutical supply chain. Numerous separate groups applied to the FDA and ran pilots for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) 2023 milestone for package-level tracing, with this being one of the largest groups. Mediledger’s participants included all three major U.S. wholesalers, seven out of ten of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, massive dispensers Walgreens and Walmart, as well as logistics firms such as FedEx.”
“The Trump Administration wants to start a drug-importation program from Canada for both small-molecule and biologic products. The program would be a “time-limited Section 804 importation program” (SIP), with the SIP program sponsored by “a pharmacist, a wholesaler, or another State or non-federal governmental entity” and subject to FDA review. Additional language in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) gives guidance on how manufacturers themselves could set up reimportation. The NPRM is available in draft form today (Dec. 18), and is expected to be published officially in the Federal Register on Dec. 23.”
“The US FDA published a compliance policy final guidance document on September 23, 2019, announcing a one-year enforcement discretion for the Wholesale Distributor Verification Requirement for Saleable Returned Drug Product.
If you’re a wholesaler or a manufacturer rushing to meet the November 2019 deadline, this guidance is significant. But before you breathe a sigh of relief, you need to read the entire guidance document and the entirety this LSPediA article.”
The Growing Trend of PBM Track-And-Trace Audits – Frier Levitt
“Pharmacies are being asked [to] provide transaction history, transaction information, and transaction statement, and to maintain such records for not less than six years after the transaction.”
“Pharmacies are expected to ensure that wholesalers provide the aforementioned information at the time of purchase or be in a position to provide this information at the time of a request. Such requests are being made despite pharmacies having purchased from duly, licensed, and verifiable wholesalers.”
The big license aftershock following the DSCSA earthquake came when the FDA redefined the parameters of 3PL companies. Before the passage of DSCSA, 3PL companies could be licensed as a wholesaler. Now, that’s no longer the case.”
Read the entire article to learn how the DSCSA impacts third-party logistics providers (3PLs).
“Another area of interest for TraceLink is blockchains, the online, distributed ledger systems that power cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. TraceLink is developing blockchain-based software to help the pharma industry meet certain track and trace requirements in the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act, Dahod says. He says the company will release more details about the project by the end of the year.”
Entities & Trading Partners Defined Under The DSCSA
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is issuing this guidance to assist industry and State and local governments in understanding how to categorize the entities in the drug supply chain in accordance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). DSCSA establishes product tracing requirements for certain trading partners in the drug supply chain, including manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, and dispensers. DSCSA also requires that trading partners of manufacturers, wholesale distributors, dispensers, and repackagers must meet the applicable requirements for being “authorized trading partners.” DSCSA also requires FDA to issue regulations that establish Federal standards for the licensing of wholesale drug distributors (WDDs) and third-party logistics providers (3PLs). The Agency is currently drafting these regulations. This guidance, when finalized, will explain FDA’s current thinking on how licensing and certain other requirements apply to entities that may be considered trading partners in the drug supply chain.
This guidance is intended to (1) assist industry and State and local governments in understanding the applicability of DSCSA requirements to the various types of entities that take part in the distribution of prescription drugs in the United States, and (2) help clarify for industry whether they are engaged in activities that require licensure and annual reporting, as well as other requirements related to being an authorized trading partner in the drug supply chain. The guidance does not address all requirements described in DSCSA, but is limited to describing the activities that would determine what type of trading partner an entity may be and the applicable requirements under DSCSA.”
“Specifically, how to mark pharmaceutical products with a National Drug Code (NDC), serial number, lot number, and expiration date in both machine-readable and human-readable format will be covered, as will the use of GS1 identifiers, application identifiers, and data carriers.”
“For 10 years, the government waged a behind-the-scenes war against pharmaceutical companies that hardly anyone knows: wholesale distributors of prescription narcotics that ship drugs from manufacturers to consumers.”
“Users either can query the database when searching for a particular company here or download the entire data set as an Excel file from this page. Although technically the law only requires a public wholesale distributor database, FDA determined that making the 3PL information public as well served the law’s goals, and it stated in a December 2014 policy document that: “The ultimate goal is for the public database to serve as a single repository of licensing and facility information for wholesale drug distributors and 3PLs conducting business in the United States.””