PCI Publishes White Paper On Anti-Counterfeiting Solution
Published: September 19th, 2013
Packaging Coordinators, Inc., Powys, UK, has announced a new service offering for combating counterfeits in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
The innovative identification solution uses a unique identification code on each pack, generated and applied by the packer. The solution is outlined in a white paper that is available to download via PCI anti-counterfeiting white paper, the company said in a press release.
The complexity of the European supply chain is one of the key factors driving the counterfeiting pandemic, with millions of medicine packs being moved around the EU annually. A significant stumbling block within the industry remains the lack of a unified, single-source pan-European or indeed global database, where scanned bar codes on drug packaging can be verified at point of dispense.
The report reviews the current regulatory landscape worldwide and also looks at the traditional methods currently used to battle imitation drugs. It debates the wider impacts of counterfeiting in the industry and the implications that this has within the industry.
The introduction of PCI’s offering enables customers to benefit from a flexible and customizable solution for track and trace technologies, across its many packaging applications. The solution uses on-line application and verification of serialized radio frequency identification tags and two-dimensional barcode technology, along with comprehensive data management and processing, allowing customers’ full compliance with state, governmental and multinational packaging regulations, as well as specific industry and supply chain requirements.
A simple 2D data matrix bar code is applied to the packet containing a unique serial number, along with the lot number, expiry date, GTIN (supplied by client) and material code. The product verification process then compares the data held within the data matrix code with a secure product record on a database.