Fighting fake drugs ... without a dose of RFID
EU Eschews Track-and-Trace
Interestingly, the European Parliament and the EMEA has not gone as far as its American counterpart, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has urged the drug industry to move towards electronic pedigree, such as RFID. The MEP’s want awareness campaigns, rather than high tech to fight drug counterfeiting.
WHO planning IMPACT
The WHO recently announced its IMPACT program (International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce). It too will include public education, as well anti-counterfeiting technology; harmonising legislation; tougher enforcement; and strengthening regulatory agencies. One option IMPACT will pursue is to give each packet of drugs a code number that can only be read when the seal is broken. The precise details are secret for now, but will be revealed in
Coding Drugs Actually Works
Thanks to concerted efforts of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the level of counterfeit drugs in
Pfizer’s going direct
In order to circumvent some of the supply chain weaknesses caused by distributors, Pfizer is shipping some drugs direct to the pharmacy now in the
Three times in the past year, fake versions of Pfizer’s heart drug Lipitor found their way into the NHS supply chain. When a drug is counterfeited, the entire batch bearing the same lot number has to be recalled.