Anticounterfeiting and tamper evidence
Smartphones help fight counterfeiting with an app designed to authenticate products in three seconds. As shown in Figure 2,
the phone is positioned over packaging or molded parts to detect and verify covert safety features (e.g., taggants or microprinting,
which looks like part of the graphics but reveals a message when examined under magnification). The verification action also
can deliver information to the user/consumer about product features, user data, and market (smartphone authentication app
for Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint covert safety features, AlpVision).
Figure 2: An AlpVision app enables product authentication via smartphone. FIGURE 2 COURTESY OF ALPVISION
Schreiner MediPharm’s peel-off label for vials now includes a security version with overt and/or covert features to authenticate
product and help prevent counterfeiting (see Figure 3). The mix of security elements can be customized and often can be added
without changing the label design. Options include overt elements, such as holograms, color-shifting security inks, and guilloche
patterns, as well as covert tools, such as voiding effects and LaserSecure, which relies on pigments that only can be “seen”
by a dedicated handheld reader. The label also incorporates detachable segments for patient record updating and other purposes.
For extra security, removal of detachable sections from the substrate reveals the message, “peel-off part has been removed”
(Pharma-Comb Security Label, Schreiner MediPharm).
Figure 3: Schreiner MediPharm’s Pharma-Comb Security Label helps prevent counterfeiting. FIGURE 3 COURTESY OF SCHREINER MEDIPHARM
Another anticounterfeiting tool, a proprietary, two-dimensional barcode from Complete Inspection Systems, matches and verifies
GS1 codes printed during packaging operations. The data-intensive barcode can provide information about the location of covert
codes used for product authentication (HD P.A.S.S. Barcode Solution, Complete Inspection Systems).
Rondo-Pak’s tamper-evident carton design opens and recloses as easily as a standard folding carton and can be erected and
loaded at the same speed as a conventional folding carton (see Figure 4). Perforations cause the lid and dust flaps to tear.
The design reportedly surpasses first-opening verification security requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive 2011/62/EU,
which take effect in 2016 (tamper-evident folding carton, Rondo-Pak).
Figure 4: A carton from RondoPak has a tamper-evident design. FIGURE 4 COURTESY OF KÖRBER MEDIPAK.
Quality control technology
A quiet (less than 70 decibels), compact tablet-deduster and testing system from Pharma Technology combines multiple functions
such as segmented deduster spirals and metal detector on one base (see Figure 5). The high precision, in-process tablet tester
checks weight, hardness, and thickness by sampling at regular intervals and feeds test data to the tablet press for recording
into the batch record. Testers can be positioned on three sides of the base and offer push-fit, cable-free connections for
power and data storage. A washable, exchangeable deduster module minimizes changeover time (AIO All In One Deduster and Tester
System, Pharma Technology).
Figure 5: Pharma Technology’s AIO All In One Deduster and Tester System measures tablet characteristics. FIGURE 5 COURTESY
OF PHARMA TECHNOLOGY.