I have written and spoken about global counterfeiting issues many times. Pretty much in every single one, I’ve said something like “if you have a successful product, it will be counterfeited.” Illicit counterfeit rings have infiltrated pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, cosmetics, fragrances, automobile parts, aircraft parts, clothing, footwear, wine, spirits and more. The riches and rewards from producing and distributing counterfeit products in most cases far outweigh the penalties of...
I recently participated in a national campaign to warn consumers about the prevalence of counterfeit products—they are virtually everywhere. And more importantly, to let people know that there isn’t one failsafe method at this time to guarantee the authenticity of the products you purchase.
On November 12, Systech hosted the webinar Connected Packaging for Pharma—from Brand Protection to Consumer Insight.
During the webinar, our robust audience participated in peer benchmark polls and asked a number of questions.
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.
This the second and last part of the Serialization and Beyond webinar wrap-up. You can find the first part here.
There used to be a time when one could discern a fake cosmetic product from an authentic one by just examining the package. Certain external characteristics—or flaws—like a misspelled word or a flimsy material would give it away. Now, printing and imaging technology has evolved and become so inexpensive that counterfeiters can easily obtain it to create packaging that fools even the savviest consumer. Third-party sellers online like Amazon, Jet.com and other smaller e-retailers have made it...
Systech has been conducting educational webinars on important market issues for many years now. Much of this has centered on getting our customers the information they need to meet major pharmaceutical serialization requirement mandates in the United States (DSCSA) and the European Union (FMD). Now, with these mandates “live”, customers are looking at value beyond compliance in their serialization environments and investments.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has just released a comprehensive report on counterfeiting and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement in the European Union.
One of the often-forgotten facets of a pharmaceutical serialization project is the requirement to revalidate the packaging line and process during implementation. If companies need to purchase and implement new equipment to accommodate serialization, revalidation is expected. But, like many companies, if retrofitting of existing equipment takes place, validation may not be thought of early enough in the project. In either case, you may end up in a rush to write and execute several...
Last week, I received a notice from the manufacturer of my car that the front passenger side airbag of my make, model and year had an issue and recall notice. However, the replacement part would not be available until Spring. Until the part is replaced, nobody can sit in the front passenger seat due to the significant dangers if this airbag were to deploy. What an annoyance, but how great is it that the manufacturer found me to provide the information and warning?