Pharmaceutical - The challenges
faced by manufacturers
Counterfeit pharmaceutical products is one of the major
issues confronting the pharmaceutical industry today.
Remarking of packaging
Expired products have the expiry dates on the packaging
remarked or adopt new packaging to change their expiry
Unauthorised diversion of authentic products is a constant
problem. There is a need for a cost effective, reliable
and efficient supply chain and distribution network
surveillance mechanism and tool.
Current product and security labels are easily forged
and copied by forgers. There are two key methods of
- Redrawing where the forgers redraw the product and
security labels producing high quality forgeries
- Scanning where a photograph or a scanner is used
to capture the image to reprint the product and security
label, always producing a degraded forgery
It is often impossible to conduct field authentication.
Often the product has to be brought back for experts
and specialized equipment to identify authenticity,
adding to the cost of the product.
The standard pharmaceutical product packaging design
offers limited leeway for incorporating security features.