Securing the Pharma Supply Chain

Pharmaceutical supply chain security will be addressed at the upcoming Pharmapack North America.

With the rise in counterfeiting and diversion, securing the pharmaceutical supply chain has become even more of a priority. Global standards and country laws are taking shape to establish tracking systems, but investment and consensus are moving slower than the criminals. At Pharmapack North America, speakers and exhibitors will explore emerging requirements as well as voluntary steps companies can take to secure their own supply chains.

For instance, Avinash Mandale, vice president, Bilcare Technologies, will discuss the company’s nonClonable ID (ncID) technologies that patients can use to verify pharma packs.

Each ncID label is unique, containing randomly distributed nano particulates that form what Bilcare calls a materials-based fingerprint. This fingerprint cannot be reproduced a second time, even by Bilcare. The fingerprinted label can then be recorded and associated with individual blisters, cartons, bottles, and other items as tamper-evident labels.

The label also includes a preprinted 2-D bar code with a unique number. Patients can SMS the code for verification instantly, reports Mandale.

In addition, the technology can also be used to remind patients to follow dosage instructions, order refills, and schedule doctor visits and pathology tests, Mandale adds.

Ranbaxy in India would be the first company to introduce the patient compliance program, Mandale reports, and the technology has since expanded to support security and tracking purposes.

Also scheduled to speak are Robert Sherwood, VP Security Programs Management of Sekuworks, and Glenn Siegele, President of Omega Design. Sherwood will present “Authentication, Tamper Indication, Verification, Track & Trace using QR Codes: Supporting Brand Protection, Supply Chain and Marketing Programs.” He will discuss multilayered brand protection including anticounterfeiting, tamper indication, verification, and track and trace technologies to create a system for IP protection.
Siegele will present “e-Pedigree: The Countdown to California 2015.” He will discuss how pharmaceutical companies can track products along the entire supply chain right down to the unit (container) level using 2-D dot matrix serialization on new and existing packaging lines.

Pharmapack North America will be held May 22–23 in Philadelphia and cover a range of packaging and labeling technologies. Read on for more exhibitor and conference news and visit

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