A Safer Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – Is RFID the Answer?
Supply chain management is a business-critical process. When the business is pharmaceuticals and the product is medication, keeping the chain of custody and managing the route between supplier and end-user becomes even more important. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is a growing resource for the medical profession on the front line – and it may now be moving to the back office.
Using wireless radio waves and item tags, RFID technology can identify a person, object or product by reading its unique, numerical code. The potential for using automatic RFID to track medication from start to finish promises the potential to address counterfeit pharmaceuticals, a $32 billion industry that, according to the FDA, represents 10 percent of the global market.
RFID data can be transferred from a medication’s label to a computer system, using an RFID reader, where the data is verified and logged to help track products at various levels.…