In a March 25 letter, California State Board of Pharmacy William Powers said that, although RFID technologies have come a long way in the last year, they could benefit greatly from additional time. "In the absence of such delay, the California drug supply and potentially the entire U.S. drug supply [could have been] negatively impacted," Powers wrote.
Meanwhile, FDA has indicated it will release a standardized system of unique ID numbers for drugs by March 2010. Optimistic observers are hoping the California standards and those issued by the feds are the same.
-–By Pat Reynolds, Editor, Packaging World