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Bootlegging alcohol didn’t get left behind in the Prohibition Era. In fact, according to a 2014 report by the World Health Organization, unregulated alcohol makes up 25% of all consumption worldwide. But what are the implications of fake alcohol? Why should everyone from consumers to manufacturers to government entities care? Let’s take a look at the facts.
India is on the cusp of introducing a new serialization program for domestic pharmaceutical products. Indian officials have designated this new initiative as a track and trace program though it appears from media reports that the proposed mandate will instead be aimed at creating a consumer-based authentication program. The idea is to print a unique serial number on drug packages so that consumers may authenticate the product via an SMS- or call-enabled mechanism to verify the code.
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.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are working non-stop to get the serialization systems in place necessary to meet the USA DSCSA mandate going live this November, and the EU FMD mandate going live the following February of 2019. If serialization projects aren’t in full flight at this time, there is a significant chance that a manufacturer will not meet the deadline, not be compliant and not be able to distribute product in those geographies.
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?
By Steve Tallant, Director, Product Management and Marketing
Until recently, counterfeit health and beauty products could not be verified as the actual product, or authenticated, quickly and cost-effectively. Unfortunately, counterfeiters have been able to obtain printing and imaging technologies that mimic the real thing. Furthermore, Internet-based distribution outlets have proliferated, and it is difficult to tell an e-retailer that sells legitimate products from one selling counterfeits.