The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will soon deliver another big impact to both pharmaceutical manufacturers/marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and distributors, with requirements for serialized product verification to comply with the next phase of requirements coming into effect Nov. 27, 2019.
Looking forward, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry needs to be aware that despite the FDA’s year-long delay in enforcement, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA, with its specific compliance deadlines, is still law and that it is only draft guidance from the FDA that identifies an intent not to enforce the DSCSA for one year.
Serialization in the pharmaceutical sector is a direct response to the problems of counterfeit, stolen, and gray-market drugs. There’s been a huge incentive for counterfeiters to duplicate high-profit-margin products. According to the 2016 Brand Protection and Product Traceability Market Research Report from PMMI, the black market for counterfeit drugs is about $75 billion annually.