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Sci. Pharm. 2013, 81(1), 1-14; doi:10.3797/scipharm.1202-03 (registering DOI)

Anti-Counterfeit Technologies: A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective

Department of Pharmacy Practice, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Sector-67, S.A.S Nagar, Punjab-160062, India
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Received: 7 February 2012 / Accepted: 9 October 2012 / Published: 9 October 2012
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Growth of international free trade and inadequate drug regulation have led to the expansion of trade in counterfeit drugs worldwide. Technological protection is seen to be the best way to avoid this problem. Different technologies came into existence like overt, covert, and track and trace technologies. This review emphasises ideal technological characteristics, existing anti-counterfeit technologies, and their adoption in different countries. Developed countries like the USA have implemented RFID while the European trend is towards 2D barcodes. The Indian government is getting sensitised about the extent of the problem and has formulated rules mandating barcodes. Even the pharmaceutical companies have been employing these technologies in order to detain illegitimate drugs in their supply chain.
Keywords: Authentication; Anti-counterfeit technology; RFID; Pedigree; Serialization Authentication; Anti-counterfeit technology; RFID; Pedigree; Serialization
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BANSAL, D.; MALLA, S.; GUDALA, K.; TIWARI, P. Anti-Counterfeit Technologies: A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective. Sci. Pharm. 2013, 81, 1-14.

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