Today our Indian pharmaceutical industry is playing a large role in global healthcare. And this could easily be a reason for becoming a target for various counterfeit allegations from anywhere in the world. Reputed international reports claim that annually around 7000 deaths can be traced to medication errors.
As a result, today the lawmakers have laid out very strict guidelines. And the battle against fake drugs is a major issue on the table. Most regulations for pharmaceutical packaging revolve around traceability – checking the product activity, movement, location and such like.
One significant way to prevent fake drugs from entering into the supply chain, would be to introduce traceability systems. These systems will enable the manufacturer to recognize and prevent such errors before they reach the unsuspecting patients. Traceability can be established using three keystones to create automatic audit trail generation :
- Serialization – where every unit of packaging will have a unique identity at the manufacturing stage itself. This might contain a product identity, lot number and expiration date – going down to even batch-level identification.
- Track and Trace – where tracking will offer information on where the product is right now in the supply chain, and tracing is more of a historical view telling us where the product has been or who the owner is, even though it might have changed hands in the product movement.
- Verification – this is all about verifying the authenticity of the product information, the transactions at one or more places in the supply chain.
Our team of experts in Cotmac Electronics has successfully implemented several solutions specifically for the Pharma Industry, to enable companies to comply with their safety and traceability requirements. We are authorised Channel Partners for Cognex machine vision and industrial ID solutions. Our low cost sensors ensure package integrity and tracking serialized items from production to patient, as well as barcode reading and text verification. We have complete identification and data verification solution for labels on pharmaceutical and medical device packaging.
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