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    Biden administration outlines plan to address US supply chain vulnerabilities

    The United States is taking steps to address vulnerabilities in US supply chains, according to a new report published by the White House.   These steps include improving domestic manufacturing of critical medicines and active pharmaceutical ingredients, increasing investments in sustainable domestic supply chains, and better monitoring of supply chain disruptions, the Biden administration said.   On Monday, the Biden administration released a report of findings f...
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    Demand forecasting in a pandemic: New considerations from EMA

    A new reflection paper from an EU steering group on drug shortages provides considerations for forecasting demand for medicines in the face of global health emergencies.   “The methodology is based on pragmatic predictions of demand for certain medicines and encourages the use of the best available information, with an aim to reach the right balance between existing uncertainties with regards to the actual future demand, and the imperative public health need to prepare...
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    Global medicinal supply chain examined in EC, US efforts

    The European Commission has launched a structured dialog addressing pharmaceutical supply chain initiatives, aiming to safeguard the security of the European Union’s supply of medicines. A 26 February launch meeting kicked off the structured dialog initiative, which brings together national authorities, patients, nongovernmental organizations working in the health sector and members of the research community.   By coming to a clearer understanding of how global medical...
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    FDA delays enforcement of some DSCSA provisions by three years

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced it will again delay enforcement of a provision of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) that would require wholesalers to verify saleable returned drugs they intend to further distribute.   “FDA does not intend to take action against wholesale distributors who do not, prior to November 27, 2023, verify the product identifier prior to further distributing returned product as required under section 582(...
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    Drug shortages in Germany ‒ A critical appraisal

    This article discusses drug shortages in Germany, the root causes of production problems with active pharmaceutical ingredients, and drug product manufacturers. The authors offer analysis from the perspective of a medium-sized generic drug manufacturer. They outline a range of reasons for the shortages, all of which point to a “broken marketplace.” The authors conclude with a discussion of mitigation activities and address the current COVID-19 pandemic. They warn that drug...
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    FDA Issues Delayed DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued draft guidance detailing its policy for when packages and homogenous cases of drugs without a product identifier are grandfathered from certain provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). While the guidance comes two years after the deadline set by the DSCSA and on the same day that requirements for manufacturers to begin affixing or imprinting product identifiers on packages and homogenous cases ...
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    FDA Offers Draft Guidance to Further Secure Drug Supply Chain

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance ahead of the first of a series of public meetings to help companies meet the drug distribution security provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) of 2013. Background The DSCSA outlines the path to better secure the US drug supply chain via an electronic, interoperable system by 2023 to track and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed. The law helps FDA ensur...
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    FDA Details Plans for DSCSA Drug Tracing Pilots, Three Public Meetings

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced it plans to launch a pilot program aimed at exploring issues related to the interoperable electronic system for drug tracing required under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) by 2023. The agency also announced that it will hold a series of public meetings on DSCSA-related issues in August 2017, December 2017 and February 2018. At the meetings, FDA says it plans to discuss issues ranging fr...
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    FDA Official Highlights Foreign Supply Chain Challenges

    Drugmakers should be mindful of the risks involved with relying on foreign manufacturers as part of their supply chain, said Thomas Cosgrove, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Manufacturing Quality within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference on Friday, Cosgrove detailed some of the biggest challenges drugmakers face when contracting with foreign manufacturers, which fi...
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    Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration

    With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion. The new toolkit, born out of a five-year collaborative project that actually took four years to complete, brings expertise from the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), US Food and Drug Admin...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Proposes Platform to Monitor Drug Supply Chain (21 March 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Proposes Electronic Platform to Monitor Drug Supply Chain The Indian government is proposing to create an electronic platform to monitor the drug supply chain. Officials want all manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies to register on the platform and upload details of batches they supply and receive in an attempt to raise drug standards in India. India’s Mini...
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    FDA Finalizes Drug Supply Chain Guidance, Seeks Comment on New Section

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released final guidance on the implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), though it’s also seeking comment on a new section describing when manufacturers should notify FDA of a high risk that a product is illegitimate. Under the new section, which FDA says is being distributed “for comment purposes only,” the agency offers its interpretation of Section 582(b)(4)(B)(ii)(II) of the Food, Drugs and ...