Traceability, authentication, serialization

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Helping consumers identify counterfeit products

United Nations report provides visual guide to educate consumers and protect brands.
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GS1 Healthcare US publishes new serialization guideline

The GS1 Healthcare US Secure Supply Chain Task Force, consisting of more than 50 members from throughout the supply chain, developed a guideline to identify and serialize pharmaceutical products using GS1 identification numbers.
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FDA’s Crowley addresses Unique Device Identification

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided a detailed description of proposed effective dates for Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements on its Web site.
A preprinted pharmaceutical carton showing the GS1-128 bar code (on right, with 20 digits) required by China’s PIATS program is printed by RSI printheads using HP’s TIJ (thermal ink-jet) 2.5 cartridge technology. HP’s TIJ 2.5 can print at resolutions up to 600 dpi. RSI optimizes bar-code resolution and print-cartridge life using patent-pending Variable DPI and nozzle-flipping features. Hailong incorporated RSI’s HP-based printers into its track-and-trace system for PIATS.
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Printing technology helps Chinese firm meet that country’s product identification requirements

Hailong Machinery Group uses thermal ink-jet technology to print high-density, high-resolution bar codes and text on primary and secondary packaging.
Nordic ID Stix UHF RFID reader
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UHF RFID reader

Nordic ID Stix is a sleek, easy-to-use and flexible UHF RFID reader for interactive read/write applications with adjustable reading range.
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Too much medication?
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Report says 40% of parents give young kids cough/cold medicine that they shouldn’t

Many parents disregard label warnings. …Meanwhile, FDA’s BeSafeRx provides interactive map tool to protect against fake pharmaceuticals.
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Schreiner MediPharm: Peel-off security label

Schreiner MediPharm’s peel-off Pharma-Comb Security Label combines customizable overt and covert features, and incorporates detachable parts for added protection and functionality.
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MGS Machine Corp.: Carton inspection module with smaller footprint

MGS Machine Corporation’s Carton Inspection Module, which is used for serialization in a wide array of pharmaceutical, medical, and food products, is now available in a smaller, 1-meter-long version.
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Attacking 'counterfeit' medications with a broader strategy

New Institute of Medicine report points to a new way of talking about and addressing problematic meds globally, with packaging smack dab in the middle of the issue.
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Serialization and track and trace

Pharmapack workshop on serialization reinforces challenges, draws some distinctions between Europe and the U.S.

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