Monday, December 29, 2008

FDA - Global Drug Supply Chain Needs Better Oversight

We're still reeling from the tainted heparin situation, and I suspect that it's only the tip of the iceberg. A rising percentage of drugs are coming from China and India, reports this ASHP News article, "World's Drug Supply Chain Needs Better Oversight, FDA Says." The associate commissioner for policy and planning at FDA is quoted, and here's a small sample of highlights . . .

  • "where there are economic incentives and/or there is lax regulatory oversight, there is going to be greater opportunity for risky or criminal behavior"
  • "If we have good behavior, we want to facilitate compliance. If we have risky behavior, we want to provide deterrence. And with criminal behavior, we need rapid detection and aggressive enforcement. And electronic track and trace can play an important role in it."

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