Track and trace

Track and Trace – providing drug confidence for the patient and control
of costs and counterfeit
for the supplier.

Throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain,
from point of production to point of care, traceability is
being recognised as crucially important, ensuring that
every patient gets the right quantity of the right drug
from the known supplier.

Not only does traceability contribute to product safety and security, but it is also an essential ingredient in improving productivity and profitability while avoiding counterfeit and waste.

(One important contribution of track and trace will be in dealing with the problem of counterfeit drugs. Back in 2010, counterfeit drug sales already exceeded $75 billion worldwide and that number is thought to be well over $100 billion today)

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World-Wide governments are introducing Track and Trace Legislation

Across the world, governments are working on legislation to enable seamless tracking and tracing of each single pack of medication from the manufacturer to the point of dispensing the drug to a patient – achieved through serialization of each and every individual packaging unit.

Ultimately a consumer or pharmacist will have the ability to take a single package of any drug, scan it and get the information whether this package is genuine.

In the USA, pharmacies must be able to capture and maintain transaction information (TI), transaction history (TH), and a transaction statement (TS)—sometimes referred to as “the three Ts”—for each drug product received for 6 years from the date of the transaction.

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66% of the lines that are not ‘Serialization Ready’ no action is planned forthe next 12 months
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66% are not serialization ready

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It all starts with Global Serialisation

Global Serialisation and Compliance provides they key to end-to-end transparency, supply chain logistics management and product authentication services across even the most complex supply chains. Serialisation is being understood as the foundation for meeting emerging global regulatory requirements.

California is leading the world with its initial deadline for serialisation in 2017 by which time, any California pharmacy will be able to authenticate the e-Pedigrees of all packages that they receive.

Across the rest of the USA the DSCSA is rolling out. In Europe, serialization, seen as the first step in the drive to complete traceability, is to be in place for 2018 – European Union’s Directive 2011/62/EU

Other countries have also announced their serialisation requirements. India, China (SFDA DMF), Argentina, Brazil (Anvisa RDC-54), Turkey and South Korea..

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2D Datamatrix Coding proves effective and inexpensive


The Industry preference is to print or code at the packaging line. The technique allows more controllability which is particularly important in high-speed operations.

When it comes to cost, printed 2D Datamatrix codes are proving the most cost effective.

Serialization, the starting point of the track-and-trace process, means to make each product unique by placing an item identifier (serial number) on every single product which can then be traced right through the supply chain. The 2D Datamatrix is applied to every item on the production line enabling all subsequent product-related events, such as “produced,” “shipped,” “received,” “dispensed” to be captured along the supply chain by scanning the Datamatrix identifier. This captured information is then stored in a database to be integrated with product-related information – created as and where the product was prepared.

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Videojet provides serialisation to fit in with your production

Videojet offers a unique range of novel coding solutions for the wide range of packaging form factors in Pharmaceuticals.


Coding on vials is an excellent example, bearing in mind their small size and the complex sequence of packaging operations. Videojet inkjet marking provides a clear and rugged “on-vial” traceability code to ensure the integrity of the data throughout the packaging process.

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Videojet 1000 line

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High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) bottles remain one of the leading packaging solutions for pharmaceutical products, especially for liquid solutions where the material’s flexibility aids dispensing. While substantially all HDPE bottles are labelled, Videojet marks the bottle itself to provide reliable traceability.

The placement of a 2D Datamatrix code on the bottle bottom simplifies downstream machine vision reading by eliminating the need to orient the bottle or to deploy more expensive 360° vision solutions.

The Videojet UV laser at the targeted wavelength creates a dark, permanent, high resolution DataMatrix code against the light-colored HDPE substrate background.

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The Videojet 3130

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Videojet offers a range of products and support to deliver high quality traceability codes for the full range of Pharamceutical packaging. Advantaged printers coupled with a broad portfolio of inks produce high quality DataMatrix codes.

Long-standing relationships with pharmaceutical OEMs allow Videojet to ensure its printers are properly integrated as part of a full system.

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