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NXP-Tagsys RFID solution tracks counterfeit drugs

Posted: 04 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFID? smart label ICs? RFID tag?

NXP Semiconductors announced that Tagsys' hardware and labels, based on NXP's ICODE UID-OTP smart label ICs, are being implemented to run pharmaceutical tracking programs that provide end-to-end security for high-value prescription drugs.

"Protecting consumers from counterfeit drugs takes a concerted effort on the part of pharmaceutical companies and distributors, as well as government agencies and technology companies," said Jan-Willem Reynaerts, general manager RFID, NXP. "NXP and our partner, Tagsys, are committed to laying the groundwork to support the pharmaceutical industry with the latest in RFID technology and best practices in their anti-counterfeiting implementationsfrom the production line to the pharmacy."

NXP's ICODE RFID ICs are already being used for item-level tagging of pharmaceuticals to track and trace individual product items throughout the supply chain. The latest product in the range, the ICODE UID-OTP, features an NXP-programmed Unique Identifier (UID) guaranteeing the RFID tag is unique and has a one-time-programmable user memory that locks the user data after programming. The product also supports a destroy command, allowing the RFID tag to be permanently disabled when the customer picks up their prescription from the pharmacy, ensuring their privacy.

"Drug counterfeiting is a widespread and serious problem that directly affects patient safety," said Michael Liard, research director, RFID and contactless for ABI Research. "RFID is proving to be an important tool in the fight against counterfeit drugs, and more pharmaceutical companies are looking to the technology to protect consumers from non-genuine drugs, avoiding revenue losses caused by illegal copies, and securing the overall supply chain."

By tagging a product with a Tagsys label at the manufacturing plant, the drugs delivered to wholesalers and pharmacies can be authenticated by easily scanning the RFID tags. Pharmacies can then run a query via a secure internet connection to check tag data. As a final check, the technology detects in real time whether the electronic product code, in combination with the UID, is valid, which confirms the drug's authenticity at pharmacy level.




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