DSCSA Pilot Used Blockchain To Trace Drug Through 'Last Mile' of Supply Chain
A blockchain application for mobile devices was successfully piloted to conduct real-time tracking of a high-cost drug through the “last mile” of the supply chain to the point of dispensing. Such a tool can be useful for manufacturers in tracing their products through the supply chain and complying with a forthcoming mandate of the US FDA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).
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