FDA Seeks Input on More-Secure Pharmaceutical Packaging

On November 16, the agency will discuss upcoming changes to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, including better security at the package level through serialization and traceability technologies.

Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor

October 18, 2021

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At a virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 16, the Food and Drug Administration will go over changes to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act that the agency hopes will better protect consumers by detecting and/or preventing illegitimate products from getting into circulation. Illegitimate products are described as “counterfeit,” “diverted,” “stolen,” “fraudulent transaction” and “unfit for distribution.”

Changes to the DSCSA go into effect November 2023 and include enhanced drug distribution security at the package level. This can be achieved various ways, such as through serialization and other traceability technologies.

The agency has set aside time on Tuesday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to go over questions from stakeholders. Among the questions FDA wants input on are:

1. How is implementation of the 2023 enhanced system requirements progressing for your organization?

2. What challenges does your organization face?

3. Are the proposed recommendations in FDA’s guidance on enhanced drug distribution security at the package level helpful to achieve compliance with 2023 enhanced system requirements? If not, what additional information would be useful?

4. Are there areas in which FDA could provide more clarity?

You can submit your electronic or written comments through January 18, 2022, but you’ll need to register for this meeting before October 26, 2021.

If you cannot attend but are still interested in the topic, FDA will provide a recording and materials from the meeting afterwards at www.fda.gov/​drugs/​news-events-human-drugs/​public-meeting-enhanced-drug-distribution-security-package-level-under-drug-supply-chain-security.

About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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