In order to prevent that counterfeit products entering circulation, an increasing number of countries are introducing laws requiring producers of pharmaceuticals to provide every packet of drugs with a unique random number. Then it is possible to use a central database to check whether a drug is genuine and where in the supply chain it can be found.
For you as a pharmaceutical manufacturer, this will involve a number of far-reaching changes to your packaging line.
|A unique serial number with, if necessary, a corresponding 2D barcode, can only be added to the packet or bottle after packaging and must be immediately tested for conformity.|
|The system must register the correlation between the various types of packaging whenever individual packages are aggregated into larger cartons, transport boxes or pallets.|
|Unreadable codes (both at individual and aggregated level) must be systematically removed from the packaging line.|
|The unique codes and corresponding product data must then be sent to the central database.|
Each subsequent step (storage, transport, wholesale, delivery, sale) will be recorded in the database on a regular basis. This enables inspection authorities to trace a specific drug in the supply chain at any time.