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DSCSA Requirement for Wholesalers

DSCSA Requirement for Wholesalers

4 steps to implement DSCSA for distributors

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was enacted on November 27, 2013 to help combat the threat of pharmaceutical diversion by enhancing the traceability of prescription pharmaceutical products in the U.S. It set multiple phases of compliance requirements for 10 years through November 27, 2023 for Drug Wholesale Distributors (WDD). FDA summarizes the compliance requirements in four areas.

Four key DSCSA requirement enforced by the FDA

 1. Authorized Trading Partner (January 1, 2015)

DSCSA requires that the trading partners of a WDD may   only be authorized trading partners. This means maintaining various federal and state licenses from suppliers and customers, as well as keep trading partners update on one’s own licenses.

This requirement can be implemented using OneScan ATP module.

2. Product Tracing Requirement (November 27, 2017 & November 27, 2023)

2.1. Lot Tracing (November 27, 2017)

Started on November 27, 2017, WDD cannot receive lot level product tracing data, including transaction information, t history and transaction statement (3Ts), in an electronic format when purchasing from manufacturers. A WDD cannot accept the ownership of the products without the electronic lot tracing document from the manufacturers. Shipments without electronic 3Ts will be returned to the manufacturers. The pharmaceutical industry has adopted EDI 856 Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) as the standard lot level product tracing requirement.

This requirement can be implemented by receiving inbound ASN data from manufacturers.

2.2. Serial Tracing (November 27, 2023)

2.2.1. Inbound

WDDs are required to receive serial level product tracing data, including transaction information, transaction statement, and the unique product identifier data, in an electronic format when purchasing from manufacturers effective November 27, 2023. A WDD cannot accept the ownership of the products without the electronic serial tracing document from the manufacturers. Shipments without electronic serial tracing will be returned to the manufacturers. The pharmaceutical industry has adopted GS1’s EPCIS as the standard serial product tracing requirement. The EPCIS data contains commission aggregation and shipment event, transaction information, and transaction statement meeting DSCSA requirement.

This requirement can be implemented by receiving inbound EPICS data from manufacturers.

* Timeline adjusted to buffer time requirement for turning on outbound serial shipping.

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2.2.2. Outbound

In addition to the inbound serial tracing, FDA requires WDDs provide outbound serial tracing to their dispenser customers starting in November 2023. WDDs must send serial level product tracing data of the corresponding shipment in an electronic format to their dispenser customers. Finally, WDDs must capture outbound serialized shipment and send serial level product tracing data to their dispenser customers.

This requirement can be implemented by enabling outbound serialized shipping, generating outbound EPCIS data, sending the EPCIS to customers or hosting it in the customer portal.

  • FDA enforcement – November 27, 2023
  • Solution – OneScan EPCIS, OneScan Edge, OneScan Customer Portal
  • Implementation timeline – now to June 2023*
  • Action – Contact LSPediA Sales

* Timeline adjusted to allow user training, SOP development, and on-boarding customers.

3. Serialization (November 27, 2018)

WDDs cannot accept drug products that are not serialized except for grandfathered products, effective November 27, 2018. The 3Ts in lot tracing attest that the inbound shipment from the manufacturer meets DSCSA requirement for serialization and grandfathered product rules.

This requirement is already implemented through lot level tracing capabilities.

4. Verification (November 27, 2019)

WDDs must verify the product identifier on each unit (or sealed homogenous case) before restocking returned resaleable drug products, effective November 27, 2023 While this facet of compliance was delayed from 2019 to 2023, the enforcement requires the identification and investigation of suspect products. The industry has created a Verification Router Services (VRS) network to enable industry wide connectivity and interoperability for product verification on the serial level.

This DSCSA requirement can be implemented using a VRS solution.

  • FDA enforcement – November 27,2023
  • Solution – OneScan VRS Connector, OneScan Verifier, OneScan Investigator
  • Implementation timeline – now to June 2023*
  • Action – Contact LSPediA Sales

* Timeline adjusted to allow integration to ERP, Investigator supplier on-boarding, and SOP development.


The DSCSA highlights a 10-year supply chain vision from the FDA. Its specific requirement directly impacts the way that pharmaceuticals are made, sold, and distributed. Any disruption in the supply chain means lost revenue for all parties involved. A reliable DSCSA solution provider is essential to support a WDD’s operations and related FDA compliance initiatives. If you are looking for a software solution provider to help your supply chain performance stay on time and on budget, contact LSPediA for your free DSCSA audit report. It can be the first step in streamlining your processes, automating your operations, and supporting your compliance success.

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