To help the pharmaceutical industry combat drug counterfeiting, IBM is launching an electronic pedigree system that tracks medications through the supply chain until they reach consumers.
The system employs radio-frequency identification, or RFID tags, which are already used to track packages of drugs, especially ones popular with counterfeiters.
IBM says its ePedigree system helps drug companies create electronic certificates of authenticity for medications--down to the individual bottle--as they move from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies and hospitals.
Source: BPM Today, http://www.bpm-today.com
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