A blog post from the Accusoft website explaining how the use of barcodes on pharmaceuticals can help prevent counterfeit pharmaceuticals.Â
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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates
that within the developed world, up to 1 percent
of medicines are counterfeit. When including
undeveloped countries, that skyrockets to 10
With many pharmaceuticals being manufactured
in other countries and shipped to their final
destinations through vulnerable trade routes, the
UK and EU are working together to protect this
cargo and the people who need it.
In 2011, they adopted the Falsified Medicines
Directive, which required that all medicines have an â€œ authenticity feature on the outer
packaging." It was later decided that this feature would be a unique serial number most
likely to be implemented through a 2D printed barcode.
Nearly all prescription-only medicines will be included in the program. Upon distribution to a
patient, the barcode will be scanned so the serial number can be removed from the master
database, preventing the same serial number from being used to authenticate medications
additional times, making distribution of counterfeits tougher and, hopefully, less lucrative.
Stricter regulations and barcode labeling are helping to ensure the appropriate drugs at the
needed levels are being distributed. In an extreme example, upwards of 100,000 people die
each year in Africa from the use of bogus medicine. With every smartphone or satellite
phone a potential scanner, barcodes provide a fast and affordable tracking and prevention
methodology that can be used almost anywhere in the world.
The success of these programs is spurring innovation not just in barcodes, but in packaging.
Medicine bottles and boxes are being entirely redesigned to help make scanning of the
barcode easy and accurate. Pharmacies are on the hunt for clever design, better scanning
and accurate tracking of products.
Itâ€™s a better time than ever to be building barcode functions into applications.