Track and Trace – providing drug confidence for the patient and control
of costs and counterfeit
for the supplier.
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)
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.
66% are not serialization ready
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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.
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.
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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