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November 1, 2012
No 'one-size-fits-all' approach to pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting
By Jim Butschli, Healthcare Packaging Editor-in-Chief

The technologies advance, but pharmaceutical counterfeiting remains an unresolved issue. So, how do manufacturers use packaging materials and technologies to help battle pharmaceutical counterfeiting and diversion? Where do these companies see serialization and e-Pedigree headed?

Edward Bauer, a Packaging Hall of Fame inductee, provides historical perspective: "There have been many technologies, difficult to duplicate and defeat, offered for the last 20 years. Counterfeiting is a difficult problem to address on a product or system-wide basis. Trying to separate a small amount of anything from the larger population is next to impossible, particularly when one expects the final consumer to be able to determine if something is counterfeit. A secure supply chain from the manufacturer to the consumer is probably the best and only way to eliminate most counterfeit products. Unfortunately, in an age of drugs online, and supply from other countries, this goal is going to be elusive or impossible to police."

Bauer adds, "Serialization and pedigrees in the U.S. will work as part of a secure distribution system. They will guarantee safe product from the release by the manufacturer to the pharmacist or the retail outlet...

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Evolution of coffee pouch and case coding
Latest-generation thermal transfer printers and case corner label printers/applicators enhance product identification efficiencies.
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