EVT’s new eyeTrace Track and Trace image processing system for the pharmaceutical industry was developed to prevent forged pharmaceutical products from entering the supply chain and guarantee traceability.
Preventing product forgery in the pharmaceutical industry is a high priority, as product quality can have severe consequences for the customers. That’s especially so as the forged medicine cannot be identified only by means of the packaging characteristics any more.
Even the visual and safety inspection in pharmacies is not sufficient any more. Additional safety characteristics are unavoidable these days.
In 2011 the EU has passed a resolution (2011/62/EU), which says that prescription drugs have to have a serial number. Therefore the traceability is guaranteed. To detect forged medicine and avoid those drugs entering the supply chain makes EyeTrace is a secure solution.
EyeTrace makes the inspection of security features on the packaging easier and it identifies every single package and offers a homogeneous control unit.
The new guideline defines two security features: one for checking authenticity and identification of every single package and one to inspect if the package has been opened already—for that a glue dot or perforation will be applied.
With EyeTrace the visual inspection can be made easier, because an industrial camera and the EyeVision image processing software can detect more than the human eye.
EyeVision can also read codes (bar code, QR, DMC,). This is important, because the unique identifier for distinct identification is going to be a 2D bar code. With the code reader function, EyeTrace can read the code of the drugmaker, serial number, a national number for the reimbursement of costs, charge number and expiration date. Besides the code reader function, EyeTrace can be extended with other commands of the EyeVision software.