FDA Recommending RFID-Based Solutions to Help the Pharmaceutical Industry Combat Counterfeit Drugs, IDC Finds

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 2, 2004 – The manufacturing and importation of counterfeit drugs represents a particularly problematic issue in the United States – for patients as well as the pharmaceutical industry. To protect the efficacy of the drug manufacturing and distribution process and to ensure research and development costs are fully recovered through legitimate product sales, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is bolstering already stringent regulations with technology recommendations that include wireless solutions and RFID-based technologies. A new IDC study provides valuable insight into the FDA's position and recommendations, based on recent interviews with the FDA and leading pharmaceutical manufacturers.

"Technology is rapidly approaching the state at which pharmaceutical companies can reliably and affordably provide greater assurances that a product was manufactured safely and distributed under conditions that did not compromise its potency or legitimacy," said Richard Dean, program director, Infrastructure Integration and Support Services at IDC. "The adoption and common use of RFID at the case and shipping pallet level is increasingly likely by 2007, and would help secure the integrity of the drug supply chain. And IT services organizations with both the deep technical skills and industry expertise are currently helping guide the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry through the challenges of adopting transformational technologies."

IDC's new study, Mobilizing the Pharmaceutical Industry: Combating The Counterfeit Drug Problem with Wireless Solutions and FDA Regulatory Mandates (IDC #31662), addresses the following topics:

• The drug counterfeiting problem and its potential impact on the public health system and pharmaceutical manufacturers

• The FDA's position and recommendation on fighting the counterfeit drug problem through the use of track and trace technology

• How chipless RFID-based solutions and services offered by consulting and integration firms will support anti-counterfeiting efforts

To purchase this document, call IDC's sales hotline at 508-988-7988 or email sales@idc.com.

For additional information on about IDC's Wireless Infrastructure and Application Services, please contact Anne-Sophie Dankens at 508-935-4313 or adankens@idc.com.

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