CA Access News

May 2008

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E-pedigree: Effective Safety Efforts Too Important to Rush

By Bryan A. Liang, MD, PhD, JD

The pharmacy board met on March 25 in San Diego to consider whether or not it is necessary to move the deadline to implement an electronic pedigree system back to 2011. The law’s intent to protect the consumer against counterfeits is sound. However, technological and other practical realities must be taken into account. Thankfully, the Board of Pharmacy recognized these concerns and moved the deadline out for two years.

The Board engaged in sound policymaking. While a tracking system is a good idea, the devil is in the details. Those participating in the supply chain — from pharmaceutical companies to community clinics to mom-and-pop drugstores — are greatly concerned about implementing a law that won’t work because of the unanswered questions of what an e-pedigree would entail — including what standard is right for the entire chain, what technology to use, what frequencies are mandated, how pill containers versus injectables would be treated, how to weather the costs of pedigree readers and writers, and, critically, who would be the owner, guardian and steward of the information. The law says the e-pedigree needs to be interoperable, but no federal or state standards exist. Additionally, there is no technology in place that is interoperable and compatible throughout all stages of distribution.


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PPA 'Help is Here Express' Bus Tour

May 1-22
Visits throughout California
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CPAT Luncheon
“Trends in Senior Health Care”

Luncheon attendees will learn about the changes that the Baby Boomer generation will make on our health care system and get answers to the following questions:

  • What are the differences between the expectations of current seniors and "emerging" older population of Boomers?
  • How will the doctor-patient relationship change?
  • Does the demand for "instant gratification" fade over 60 or is it translated into product research that will meet consumer needs?
  • Is aging now a disease whose symptoms must be fought with every available medical weapon?
  • Where the money is coming from to fund the system and who is going to control how it will be spent?

Guest Speaker: Nona Bear, Nationally Recognized Advocate of Health Care Reform and Champion of Senior’s Issues

May 14 - Sacramento
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Co-hosted by the UC Davis Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Association, California Council

Please RSVP to Kristen at: (916) 658-0144 or e-mail:


May 15 - Santa Monica
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Co-hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter

RSVP to Brandon at 323-466-3445 or email


Check the CPAT Calendar of Events for more information on upcoming partner conferences, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities in your area. If you would like your event listed, please contact Kristen at


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In the News

California delays implementation of e-pedigree
East Bay Business Times
March 26, 2008
The California State Board of Pharmacy voted Tuesday to delay implementation of so-called electronic pedigree requirements for prescription drugs from 2009 until 2011. Read more.

Automation solutions for reliable and validatable packaging
Innovations Report
April 10, 2008
At Interpack 2008, for the first time Siemens Drive Technologies will be exhibiting concepts and e-pedigree solutions for an electronic pedigree in the packaging process. Read more about the technologies available.

All Eyes on FDA for Drug E-Pedigree
RFID Journal
April 10, 2008
Now that California has extended its electronic pedigree deadline to 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could become the first governing body to issue e-pedigree requirements for protecting the pharmaceutical supply chain—assuming it meets its goal. Read more.

DDN Pharmaceutical Logistics Selects Axway's Synchrony(TM) Supply Chain Integrity Suite; Synchrony Helps DDN Maintain Supply Chain Integrity for Pharmaceutical Companies
Business Wire
April 8, 2008
After an extensive review process involving multiple e-pedigree solution vendors, DDN Pharmaceutical Logistics chose Synchrony Supply Chain Integrity Suite as the best solution to address both industry demands and the company's specific needs. Read more about the decision.



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