The pharmaceutical industry is seeking a better way to monitor the drug supply through the whole product life cycle, from manufacture to the medicine cabinet. RFID is seen as a way of solving these issues by ensuring the validity of data in the industry which will in turn improve product quality and safety and reduce costs.
According to The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s, RFID provides the most promising approach for reliably tracking, tracing and authenticating pharmaceutical products, and is recommending widespread use of RFID in the pharmaceutical supply chain at the item level by 2007.
The 13.56MHz RFID technology is seen as the best technology for item level tagging based on reduced interference, better anti-collision capabilities, smaller form factor and increased memory capabilities compared to technologies such as UHF.
RFID transponders/tags are available in label form or the transponder can be integrated directly into the cardboard during the manufacturing process.
RFID & HEALTHCARE
The possibilities and advantages of RFID are also currently being investigated in a number of pilot studies conducted in the Healthcare Industry recently. The overall results so far have been positive and are experiencing process improvements and safety benefits.
Suppliers to the medical industry, including surgical instrument and garment suppliers; and healthcare institutions managing pathology and patient identification, are investigating the viability and reliability of 13.56MHz HF technology and they are seeing significant return in the field.
Electro-Com have a range of HF 13.56MHz products specifically designed for healthcare applications such as laundry tags and adhesive labels.
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