Live from Pharmapack: Protecting Patients Against Falsified Medicines

Breaking news: Regulations such as EU 2016/161, which has to be implemented by February 9, 2019, require innovative solutions to protect patients against falsified medicines.

At Pharmapack in Paris, Schreiner MediPharm presented its Pharma-Security solutions to safeguard the supply chain. Shown was a newly developed label that demonstrates a combination of diverse digital security features on a Booklet-Label with an integrated first-opening seal.

The bottom layer of the companys Booklet-Label contains a tab that serves as a closure seal for tampering protection. When the seal is opened, a void effect emerges as an irreversible first-opening indication. The Booklet-Label applied to a medicine pack allows a pharmacist, for instance, to view product information about the medication without opening the pack and destroying the tamper protection. In addition, the sample label is equipped with three digital security features.

BitSecure copy detection technology
The novel copy detection technology is based on a high-resolution, cloud-like random pattern. In an attempt to copy BitSecure, the fake will suffer a loss in precision and optical details. While the original print is produced from a high-resolution digital master, an illegal copy is based on a previously printed image. These variances can be checked by means of a smartphone app, a conventional scanner or a 2D barcode reader and respective software. The BitSecure pattern requires a minimal size of only a few square millimeters and can be easily integrated into the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s brand appearance.

KeySecure tracing system
The tracing system is based on an encrypted 15-digit alphanumerical code, which makes it possible to identify and authenticate every single product item marked via a smartphone or the internet. The code can be printed in human-readable form or as a 2D code. Authentication is performed by either entering the code on the manufacturer’s website, a mobile query of the 2D code via a smartphone or calling a hotline.

Label-integrated NFC Chip provides digital authentication
A label-integrated NFC chip enables digital authentication using a smartphone. The NFC chip inconspicuously blends in with the label design and allows for contactless product identification within a few centimeters. Due to the widespread use of NFC-capable smartphones, consumers can easily and quickly utilize this function. In addition, the automatic starting of an app for product verification is possible.

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