SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The MediLedger Project today announced the start of their participation in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pilot Project Program for assisting drug supply chain stakeholders in developing an electronic, interoperable system that will identify and trace certain prescription drugs as they are distributed within the United States. The focus of the MediLedger pilot will be on the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirements related to the interoperable, electronic tracing of products at the package level, which go into effect in 2023.
The MediLedger pilot’s aim will be to explore and evaluate methods to enhance the safety and security of the drug supply chain by utilizing a blockchain-based solution which was built in earlier MediLedger Project work and whose conclusions were published in the MediLedger 2017 Progress Report. The prototype was a joint effort by pharma industry leaders Pfizer, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Amgen, Gilead, and the three largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health. These companies have been joined in the pilot by FFF Enterprises, Dermira, Eli Lilly, Walgreens, and Walmart.
The total number of companies supporting the MediLedger effort is more than 20 and they represent a diverse set of industry stakeholders including large pharmaceutical manufacturers, virtual manufacturers, contract manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, third-party logistics companies, and major retail pharmacy chains.
Matt Sample, VP of Manufacturing Operations at AmerisourceBergen, commented, “The MediLedger pilot’s strength is that it’s a cross industry effort to explore the use of a blockchain network to enable the interoperability required by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirements in 2023. The potential solution is especially viable because it’s open to all participants in the Pharma industry. We’ve been working with…