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Archive for the ‘RFID’ Category

US Pharmacopeia Takes Up Supply Chain Security

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The United States Pharmacopeia is placing supply chain security at the forefront with a new general chapter on best practices for ensuring supply chain integrity and protecting consumers from poor quality and counterfeit medicines. USP General Chapter <1083>, Good Distribution Practices-Supply Chain Integrity, with the recently published USP General Chapter <1079>, ...

Can Unique Device ID Support Two Standards?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The medical device industry is anticipating publication of FDA's proposed rule on unique device identification (UDI) in the first quarter. Then follows a one year review period, after which manufacturers will implement the finalized regulation to a time table based on product risk classes. The agency will require the coding of ...

Security Technologies Spark Change

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

As I prepare the focus for Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News's "Security Packaging" feature, which is slated for the magazine's January 2011 issue, a related blog worth mentioning crossed my desk. Maxiom Group (Waltham, MA) is a small life sciences consulting company that publishes a weekly blog, which just happens ...

Just Where Did That Device End Up?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Anyone interested in healthcare reform should read Reik Read's May 2009 issue of RFID Monthly. The report, issued by Robert W. Baird & Co., shares the tale of how Greenville Hospital System University Center is reducing costs and labor by using Gen 2 RFID-enabled systems to track surgical instruments and ...

Business Woes Slow Sam’s Club RF Push

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

While Sam’s Clubs has been touting the benefits of EPC labeling, its suppliers are receiving mixed messages on tagging requirements and deadlines. The fragile economy may be the primary culprit. Sam’s Club indicated as much in a letter to suppliers last month, in setting out revised plans for pallet, case, and sellable ...

Standardized Numerical Identifiers for Drugs: File Comments by Tax Day

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

FDA is suggesting the voluntary use of a standardized numerical identifier (SNI) on prescription drug packages. You now have 90 days (from the Federal Register publication date) to comment on "Guidance for Industry: Standards for Securing the Drug Supply Chain - Standardized Numerical Identification for Prescription Drug Packages." The draft guidance ...