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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that medicine counterfeiting causes one million deaths a year and that 10% of all drugs sold globally are fake. Events such as Covid-19 increase these risks by disrupting the supply chain and increasing internet purchases. A key weapon in the battle against counterfeiting is track and trace (T&T), which is the ability to track and trace products through a supply chain – with ‘track’...
Serialization – challenges and good practices in packaging operations based on experience of track and trace systems
This paper provides an overview of points to consider and good practices relating to the most challenging areas identified following an industry benchmark on the serialization of sellable units. The purpose of this benchmark was to identify common industry challenges with serialization and to broaden the knowledge of good practice, industry capabilities and to identify the quickest route to implementation and compliance with global serialization requirements. The paper also seeks to encourage dialogue between industry, regulatory agencies, and track and trace system providers, by adding the unique perspective of secondary packaging customer, summarized after several years of using such serialization systems