RFID in Pharma

By: Esmart Source  09-12-2011
Keywords: supply chain, Rfid, Value Proposition

And health and safety implications of the counterfeiting are not the only concern of the pharma industry. Counterfeiting, together with product recalls and out of stocks have also large financial implications. These are the reasons why pharmaceutical industry strives to find ways to provide a drug “pedigree” in order to ensure drug authenticity and to improve its supply chain and manufacturing operations.

As RFID technology started to be used for supply chain tracking and tracing, it has been mainly applied to case and pallet level tracking. Pharma has another challenge. In order to receive a full benefit of RFID for drug e-pedigree, each and every bottle has to be tagged and read during the packaging, transportation, distribution and sales channels all the way to the shelves of pharmacies. The main factor for using RFID technology in pharma are not just its great benefits for these specific applications, but also the pushing hand of the FDA, who has mandated using RFID for drug authentication and identification purposes in the US.

One-day RFID in Pharma course will take you through all major points of the RFID applications in the pharmaceutical industry, starting with the physics principles of the technology concentrating on RF in the near-field, hardware and system design, as well as standards and mandates related to the technology used and the pharma industry itself.

Who Should Attend

Attendees typically include:

Pharmaceutical industry professionals including IT personnel, directors and management personnel, quality Solution Providers to Pharmaceutical industry, Pharma Distributors, Supply Chain Consultants, RFID Evangelists, Systems Integrators, VARs

Course Objectives

The objectives of this interactive technical workshop are:

  • Recognizing needs and challenges of the pharmaceutical industry related to drug tracking and authentication.
  • Finding solutions for common challenges of the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Understanding the working principles of the technology used.
  • Recognizing standards and mandates related to RFID in pharma.

Course Outline

RFID Technology Overview

  • Bird’s-eye view of RFID system
  • Benefits of RFID
  • Comparison with other Auto-ID technologies
  • Hardware: tags, readers, antennas, and networks
  • Tag features, choices, and selection criteria
  • Reader features and functions

Value proposition

  • Instant Authentication
    -Where
    -When
    -Who
  • Product authenticity
    -From where
    -When
    -Who
  • Savings in handling
    -Too many touches degrades product
    -Too much time spent ensuring accuracy of fulfillment
  • Elimination of grey market
    -Authentic product surety
    -Faster notification of problematic markets
  • Protecting the brand
    -Real product consumed
    -Easier to identify falsified products

Solution: HF

  • Speed
    -Items per minute
    -Data transfer during read
    -Data transfer during write
  • Range
    -Conveyors
    -Portals
  • Product compatibility
    -Pharma blister packs
    -Liquids
    -Bottles
  • Process compatibility
  • Integration challenges
  • Costs
  • Available vendors
  • Mandate compatibility
    -Wal-Mart
    -State mandates
    -FDA

Solution: Near field UHF

  • Speed
    -Items per minute
    -Data transfer during read
    -Data transfer during write
  • Range
    -Conveyors
    -Portals
  • Product compatibility
    -Pharma blister packs
    -Liquids
    -Bottles
  • Process compatibility
  • Integration challenges
  • Costs
  • Available vendors
  • Mandate compatibility
    -Wal-Mart
    -State mandates
    -FDA

Implementation

  • Challenges
    -Integrate and extend legacy systems
    -Speed of existing line
    -Trading partner readiness
  • Solutions

Keywords: Rfid, Rfid Applications, Rfid System, Rfid Technology, supply chain, Value Proposition,

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