Serialization

Combating Counterfeits

The pharma industry is working toward establishing the ideal anticounterfeiting system, combining authentication tools and track-and-trace capabilities to serialize at the unit level, for every drug.

By Marie Redding
Freelance Writer

It’s increasingly difficult—even for the experts—to tell the difference between a counterfeit drug and the real thing. Consumers feel they have no sure way of knowing if they’re getting duped. They may even ingest a harmful ingredient a counterfeiter has used to make a fake pill—like highway paint, floor wax, and boric acid—according to a CBS news report.

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New Virtual Conference Focused on Track & Trace Solutions for the Pharma Sector

Now in our archives is our exclusive virtual conference event that examines one of the key issues facing the Pharma and BioPharma supply chain, counterfeit drugs. Titled ‘Pharmaceutical Track & Trace and Authentication: The Fight against Fake Drugs’, the event is presented by UBM brands Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, Tracking & Tracing Pharmaceutical Products, InnoPack, and Pharmapack in association with CPhI Conferences. The online format features two supplier webinars, two “exhibition halls” and a lineup of featured speakers.

Standing Together to Meet Global Serialization Rules

Three companies unite to provide a powerful stand-alone platform.

A new system launched in Brazil at FCE Pharma is designed to offer a stand-alone solution to support different approaches to pharmaceutical product serialization. VisioCIT can handle either labeling or direct coding, reports Christoph Lehmann, director of Uhlmann VisioTec GmbH (www.visiotecamerica.com), which can position companies to meet Brazil’s pending rules as well as others around the world.

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Covectra Offers Serialization Gateway for Contract Service Providers

Covectra announces a new offering for Contract Service Providers (CSP) working in the pharmaceutical space. The company’s new CSP Serialization Gateway solution allows CSPs to simplify serialization and event data exchange between CSP sites and multiple brand owners. The turnkey solution offers CSPs the opportunity to serialize selective products for customers who may not already have a mass serialization program in place.
 
 
 

Machine Vision Veteran Looks Back at Packaging’s First Embrace of Data

Twenty five years ago, packaging was almost like a “black hole,” notes Robert DeJean, president and CEO of Systech International (Cranbury, NJ). “Everything was mechanical or manual, so there was not a lot of visibility along a packaging line or any data generated. There wasn’t much control, either, and automation was just reaching the packaging line.” DeJean shared these observations as he reminisced about the pharmaceutical packaging industry to PMP News editor Daphne Allen as Systech celebrated its 25th anniversary at Pack Expo International.

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Webcast Wrap Up: Establishing a State of Readiness: Mass Serialization as a Business Strategy

Companies need to assemble cross-functional teams and develop serialization requirements and specifications to be able to meet pending mandates.

In October, Joseph Ringwood, COO, Systech International, joined PMP News Editor Daphne Allen to discuss the global serialization landscape in a live Webcast. Earlier this year, Allen interviewed Ringwood along with Systech’s customers to prepare the white paper, “Establishing a State of Readiness: Mass Serialization as a Business Strategy.” Systech International has more than 150 lines serialized and is involved in 90% of all serialization deployments.

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New Team Forms to Accelerate Security

Debuting at Pack Expo International, the four-company collaboration seeks to reduce the complexity of serialization and aggregation.

A group of packaging solution providers have come together to provide a single team that can help drug companies prepare for upcoming electronic pedigree and serialization requirements.

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Keeping Up with Brazil

PMP News Webcast speaker Peter Schmitt clarifies Brazil’s current stance toward drug serialization.

In September, Peter Schmitt, founder of Montesino Associates, provided an update on Brazil’s law requiring serialization for pharmaceuticals in the live Webcast, “Update: Brazil Law 11.903—An “Emerging” Regulation for Traceability & Serialization.” The law and the original ANVISA guidelines detailed a program of serialized code in 2-D Data Matrix format on a security label printed by the national mint that was to be rolled out in June 2010.

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New Collaboration Enhances Supply Chain Safety

A joint collaborative between Acsis Inc., Cognex Corporation, Nosco, and Omega Design called “4 Serialization" is designed to help manufacturers, wholesale distributors and contract producers within the pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries implement product serialization and visibility throughout the supply chain to ensure patient safety and prevent counterfeiting. The ability to integrate a solution that is flexible enough to accommodate serialized and non-serialized products during a phased rollout can seem daunting to any organization.
 

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