Reshaping the approach
Mass serialization is a systemic approach for detection of counterfeiting, drug diversions and mishandling .for that purpose it requires unique alpha or numeric identifiers to be adhered to individual units-of-sale, tertiary packaging or pallets (depending on regulatory requirements) and thereby, provides the means to identify said units at each juncture throughout the supply chain.
Affixed serial numbers which may be in human readable form or scannable barcodes can be checked against a database to verify if the product is authentic. The database could be administrated by the manufacturing company, or relevant Government authorities. Authentication is usually accomplished by utilizing a dedicated mobile app or other suitable technologies such as SMS. Product authentication may be carried out by the end-user as well as otherwise pertinent supply chain participants such as a pharmacy during the initial stock check-in process and the response returned by the server might vary depending on the credentials of the user viewing it. A holistic serialization solution not only enables authentication at the point of dispensing, but also creates a data thread so that products could be traced backwards along their distribution channels.
Serialization based track and trace systems offer numerous advantages over previously employed measures as follows : A serialization approach can never be outdated and has theoretically infinite lifespan; it doesn’t rely on any proprietary formulas or equipment; could also serve as a valuable investigation tool and help detect how and from where a product entered the supply chain; tough a bit costly at the initial phase, is not subject to any royalties nor could it be systematically reproduced and therefore presents a viable investment; and finally aside from addressing the previously unresolved issues, could also serve as the foundation for future applications of importance to the health care industry.