US FDA Supply Chain Guidance Includes More Stakeholders, More Risks Than CARES Act
Draft guidance on redundancy risk management plans layers risk-based expectations over new statutory requirements to plan more resilient supply chains for critical drugs.
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Agency’s proposals for pandemic preparedness reauthorization would build on CARES Act provisions to gain greater visibility into global pharmaceutical supply chains, while also seeking deeper understanding of manufacturing quality management activities. Also included in FY 2024 budget request: long-sought drug destruction and drug recall authorities.
Pharmaceutical supply chains may grow less efficient and less risk prone as US government gets more involved to ensure availability of pandemic and essential medicines. But what about pediatric oncology medicines and other treatments that save lives even though they may not be considered essential?
‘It’s driving me crazy that supply chains are a trade secret,’ FDA commissioner states. Agency also needs more clout to handle accelerated approvals, he tells gathering of industry executives and government policy makers.