Track and Trace

Unique Coding, Over the Years

Over the years, PMP News has been tracking the need for product coding at item levels. In “Cutting Edge Coders” from the October 1995 issue, for instance, then features editor Jennifer Reid Holman wrote that “the latest computer-operated printers—including new models of thermal-transfer coders, ink jets, and laser coders—offer more variability.
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Preparing For A New Traceability Law

A national law provides a phased-in approach leading to the electronic tracking of uniquely-coded packages.
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
The pharmaceutical supply chain will be reevaluating plans and investments for tracking product with the passage of H.R.
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Senate, House Reach Agreement On National Traceability Law

The prospect of federal track and trace legislation has leapt forward with the passage on Saturday by the House of Representatives of a bill negotiated between House and Senate committee leaders last week.

Congress Moves Toward National Standard For Drug Product Tracing

As Congress attempts to find common ground on a national tracing system for pharmaceuticals, the supply chain is preparing for current serialization requirements in California and globally.

Track-and-Trace Law Moves Forward In Congress

Congress is on a track to wrap up a national tracing system for pharmaceuticals, the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance (PDSA) reported last week. An amendment to the Federal Food and Drug Cosmetics Act would preempt states’ traceability mandates in creating a uniform standard for the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Xyntek-Antares and ESS Technologies To Unveil Robotic Case Erector/ Loader with Track & Trace Solution

ESS Technologies, Inc. and Xyntek-Antares have partnered to develop a track & trace case packing solution that allows pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to automate the case packing process, as well as provide unit serialization and track & trace technology for all of the products being case packed.

Microscan Lands Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Packaging

The recognition salutes the company’s C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager, which is suitable for pharma packaging track-and-trace applications.

Microscan, a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions, announces that its C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager has won a 2012 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the Packaging Industry category. Microscan’s Weijiang Song accepted the award during a ceremony in Shanghai. This event was co-organized by Ringier Trade Media and its magazine International Packaging News for China, together with ProPak China 2012.

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GS1 Working Ahead of Mandates

No national requirement for pharmaceutical track and trace has materialized to supersede California’s 2015 law, and Unique Device Identification has just been proposed in draft form.

With U.S. mandates slowly emerging, pharmaceutical and medical device companies should consider business needs as they prepare for unique product coding, GS1 representatives urge. The identification standards organization promotes its systems for standardizing product identification throughout the supply chain.

National System for Pharma Track and Trace Falls Through

A national system for pharmaceutical track and trace did not materialize during congressional agreement on "The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012." The bill reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), and legislators had been debating additional language that would have put a national drug track-and-trace system into motion.

Omega Design Hosts Visit From Congressman Pitts

Omega Design Corporation, a provider of packaging machinery, and serialization solutions, and bottle unscrambling technology, recently hosted U.S. Congressman Joseph R. Pitts (R – PA) at its headquarters in Exton, PA. During his visit, Rep.
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