Track and Trace

Pharmaceutical Maker Upgrades Software at Distribution Center in Turkey

ROC IT Solutions reports that a major pharmaceutical manufacturer has upgraded its implementation of ROC IT Solutions technology for track and trace in Turkey. The company's distribution center in Turkey first deployed ROC IT Solutions software in 2009 to meet the Turkish Ministry of Health (MoH) directive for item-level serialization and upgraded after its parent company began using a newer version of ROC IT solutions in the United States.

FDA’s Recent Workshop

On Feb 15-16, FDA held a public workshop, “Determination of System Attributes for the Tracking and Tracing of Prescription Drugs,” which was attended by manufacturers, distributors, pharmacy representatives, government groups, and suppliers of software and technology.  

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EU Moves toward Pan-European Law

Directive takes aim at “falsified” medicines, distinguishing them from “counterfeit.”

In February 2011, the European Parliament adopted the “Falsified Medicines Directive.” The legislation is intended to protect EU citizens from falsified medicines, which are defined as products that “may contain ingredients in the wrong dosage or no active ingredients at all.” A distinction is made between “falsified medicines” and “counterfeit medicines,” which are defined as “medicines that do not comply with EU law on intellectual and industrial property rights, such as registered trademarks or patent rights.” According to a mem

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Tech Beats Security Breach

There is a growing need for creative out-of-the-box technologies that prevent a rift in patient safety while keeping a company’s investments and reputation in good standing. Counterfeiting, diversion, the resale of expired products, and complexities within the supply chain are forcing the healthcare industry to seek ahead-of-the-curve security packaging.

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Nitroglycerin Transdermal Delivery System Features Key Packaging Features

The generic pharmaceutical company Alvogen Inc. (Parsippany, N.J.) introduces the AB-1 rated Nitroglycerin Transdermal Delivery System, which is available in patient-ready, 30-count cartons and includes several key packaging features designed to improve care. Some of these features are RSS barcoding on each individual unit; the smallest available patch sizes of any generic nitroglycerin system; and hypoallergenic, transparent patches.

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.

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Brazil Works Out Elements of Its Plans For Serialization

The regulating agency has proposed pre-encoded labels supplied by the government.

Brazil’s schedule for establishing serialized packaging has been side-tracked, as industry debates what the program should look like.

The country’s regulatory authority, ANVISA, has outlined requirements for a traceability system, following national legislation that sets out an aggressive three-year time table for a full track-and-trace solution.

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Track and Trace: The Next Step from Vision

If you are ready for 100% label verification, track and trace may not be too much of a leap.

If you are inspecting packages and storing the results of those inspections in an event repository to track package compliance, you may be closer to a track-and-trace model than you first thought. “It is the same basis that allows you to build up for track and trace,” explains Niall Carty, vice president of marketing & business development, Crest Solutions. “It is all about feeding data up to an ERP environment.”

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IPEC Urges Track and Trace Mandates, But Will They Materialize?

Drug firms are working to secure their own supply chains, but will individual efforts close all the gaps in the supply chain?

In June, Victoria Espinel, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Office of Management and Budget, testified before Congress about drug counterfeiting. Her office is establishing an interagency committee to combat counterfeiting, and her team will take on unlicensed Internet pharmacies and counterfeit drugs both in the United States and around the globe. “And to further guard against the proliferation of counterfeit drugs, we will increase our enforcement efforts and cooperation with relevant agencies, including CBP, DEA, and FDA,” she testified.

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