Due to the spread of counterfeit products, trust in pharmaceutical manufacturers is vanishing steadily. Counterfeits may not contain effective ingredients and can have fatal consequences for the persons that are taking them. According to a study by the WHO (World Health Organisation) in the year 2009 50% of the drugs sold online are counterfeit products. 10% of the drugs sold worldwide are counterfeits, with this figure set to increase in future.
This is where Serialization steps in. The process of printing and verification of unique serial numbers on medications shall fight the spread of “fake” pharmaceuticals. From 2019 on, all pharmaceuticals which fall under the verification requirements must be labeled with a coded serial number. It is increasingly becoming a crucially important activity for achieving quality, safety and trust in the global pharmaceutical industry. The White Paper by Mettler-Toledo introduces Serialization and Track & Trace emphasizing on individual country needs, solution components and practical advice.
Technical Demands for Serialization include:
- Implementing printing of unique serial numbers on product packages.
- Installing camera systems for serial number verification.
- Adapting the IT environment in the production and packaging of medicines to manage all data from
printer level up to the ERP system.
- Implementing quality assurance processes to secure compliance and consistency of all Track &