2019-11-04 | 2019 GS1 Barcode Assessment Study Results – Pharma Packaging Compliance

It is one thing to mandate the printing of serialized barcodes on pharmaceutical packaging, and quite another to properly print these barcodes on said packaging to meet compliance.

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2019-10-10 | Packaging and Supply Chain Challenges at PACK EXPO '19

I recently attended PACK EXPO 2019 in Las Vegas, and boy… what a remarkable experience it was for me! It was my first PACK EXPO event—and for that matter my first packaging technology show—and it was quite an eye opener. I am relatively new to the space having worked at Systech for little over a year now. I must say that it seemed there was something for everyone at this show… from plant-based packing, to AI solutions, to fully automated packing solutions. I was most amazed by some of the...

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2019-09-17 | The Role of Human Sensory Perception in Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies

What do you see in this blog image — an old woman looking downward or a young girl looking away in the distance? As you continue to look at the figure, a stunning transformation will take place. You will eventually see both images, and your mind will begin flipping between one and the other as long as you look at the picture. This is a well-known example of an ambiguous stimulus that first appeared in a German postcard in 1888.

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2019-09-10 | Unpacking Indonesia's Pharma Serialization & Traceability Regulations

Indonesia is a country that is a collection of many islands in Southeast Asia. You may not think of Indonesia very often, but you should. Indonesia is the fourth largest country on Earth by population, behind China, India and the United States. It is the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest when you consider land and water surface. It’s big, and it has been doing well economically for the last decade or so since the government stabilized. And they have a government-run universal...

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2019-08-26 | Systech Radio: The FDA Pilot Program Explained

 

Earlier this year, the FDA called on the life sciences and healthcare industry to design and deliver pilot projects for an electronic, interoperable system that can identify and trace prescription drugs as they are distributed across the United States in support of the DSCSA. Systech partnered with several industry innovators to respond to the FDA’s proposal including RxTransparent, T-Systems, FarmaTrust, CryptoWerk and CalQLogic.

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2019-08-07 | Systech Radio: Unpacking the VRS Mandate

The US pharmaceutical industry has been all abuzz about the upcoming VRS Mandate on November 27, 2019. If this is news to you, you may want to start here.

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2019-07-31 | China Accelerates Pharma Traceability Regulations in New Document

China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has been very active in the last year, producing documents that address various aspects of their planned pharma traceability mandate. It has been several years since the previous pharma serialization and tracing regulation was suspended. The future system described in the new final guidance documents is significantly different from that old suspended system. Where the old system avoided the use of global standards—and thus it was a...

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2019-07-24 | Counterfeiting and Diversion is Booming in China … So I went to AIPIA Shanghai

Did you know that 80 percent of the world’s counterfeit goods come from China? Everything including luxury goods, cosmetics, wine and spirits, medicine and more are vulnerable to duplication and sometimes the fakes are so similar that it can be hard to determine the real from the phony. With that being said, brand owners across the globe view China’s counterfeiting business as a threat to their own.

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2019-07-10 | Verification Router Service Solves 2019 DSCSA Mandate

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) contains a series of escalating mandates for companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Each deadline falls on the anniversary date of the law’s adoption on November 27, 2013. For 2019, one of the new requirements is for wholesale distributors to begin verifying saleable returns using the Standardized Numerical Identifier (SNI) before they can redistribute them.

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2019-06-24 | Russia: The Deadlines Are Almost Upon Us and The Clock Keeps Ticking

The deadlines for the pharma labeling system (cryptographic serialization and tracing system) MDLP, in the Russian Federation are fast approaching. Companies marketing drugs in the Russia Federation targeting seven named nosologies must register with CRPT, the governments service provider, by July 8, 2019. Then on October 1, 2019, packages of drugs targeting those seven named nosologies must be serialized according to very Russia-specific technical guidelines, and production and shipments...

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