Verify Brand (Minneapolis) has released VB Enterprise 2.0, a suite of Web-based, configurable software applications for fighting counterfeiting, grey market diversion, warranty and return fraud, and theft. It also aims to ease handling of recalls, manufacturing overruns, and brand promotion. The patent-pending platform manages the life cycle of unique product identification by increasing supply-chain visibility.
To prepare for serialization within the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, GS1 Healthcare U.S. is launching The 2015 Readiness Program. Intended to provide an industry reference model using GS1 standards, the program allows participants to simulate supply-chain activities employing serialization.
D. Bruce Cohen, an industry leader in pharmaceutical packaging for more than 35 years, is now owner and principal of PackTechPlus LLC. Cohen has held positions at Alcon Laboratories, BBL, Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics, Sterling Drug Inc., Glaxo Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline.
The world of pharmaceutical packaging is replete with confusing and disruptive market conditions. One of the most daunting challenges today involves assessing and addressing new global regulatory requirements and the shifting timelines for serialization. There are immediate, intermediate, and future regulations that are, literally and figuratively, all over the map—and the calendar. For instance, immediate requirements such as French CIP13 coding or those emerging from the Turkish Ministry of Health appear to be vastly disparate technologies with varying deadlines for compliance.
Consolidated information helps companies keep track of data and better serialize their products.
What should you be doing now?
Successful, high-performance RFID-based serialization deployment relies on coordination with best-of-breed OEMs.
Sterilization methods aren’t changing dramatically, but packagers and their supplier-partners are finding ways to trim cycle times and to solve some common problems.
Gamma radiation allows product to be shipped immediately after sterilization.