Further Protection Against Counterfeit, Stolen, Contaminated, or Otherwise Harmful Drugs is On the Way
FDA is announcing the availability of two guidances to help trading partners comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). These documents are critical steps toward implementing the DSCSA enhanced drug distribution security requirements that will go into effect on November 27, 2023. The FDA invites interested stakeholders to comment through the dockets linked below.
The DSCSA outlines steps to achieve electronic tracing of products at the package level to identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States. This will improve FDA’s ability to help protect consumers from exposure to drugs that may be counterfeit, stolen, contaminated, or otherwise harmful.
- This draft guidance recommends that trading partners use GS1’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard to provide and maintain the electronic data associated with transaction information and transaction statements.
- The revisions enable the interoperable exchange of DSCSA-related information in a uniform manner and reflect the enhanced drug distribution security requirements that will go into effect on November 27, 2023, including only electronic methods and product tracing and verification of product at the package level.
- Please see Docket FDA-2014-D-1981 for more information.
- This draft guidance will help industry and state and local governments categorize the entities in the drug supply chain in accordance with the DSCSA.
- Specifically, this guidance addresses the status of some entities as DSCSA trading partners, including private-label distributors, salvagers, and returns processors and reverse logistics providers.
- The revisions also discuss the applicability of section 582(a)(7) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act related to third-party logistics providers (3PL) licensure status prior to the effective date of the forthcoming regulations establishing licensure standards.
- See Docket FDA-2017-D-1956 for more information.