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German pharmaceutical distributor Max Pharma has completed a pilot using passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) Gen 2 RFID tags to track drug products from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries that pass through Max Pharma's Gattendorf distribution facility. The pilot's success, the company reports, has encouraged it to move to the rollout phase. Down the line, Max Pharma hopes that additional drug manufacturers will tag shipments, and that more pharmacies will use the technology as well.
In addition to acquiring and storing data regarding products and their shipping times and dates, the RFID-based track-and-trace solution can also monitor temperatures and other sensor data, though that was not within the scope of this year's pilot. The temperature-tracking feature allows supply chain members to sign onto an internet-based portal, on which the software provides information about sensor measurements and shipping details.
Max Pharma is a wholesaler of oncology products to pharmacies and physicians throughout Germany, as well as in the Czech Republic.
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