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2D code readers and sensors from SICK help battle global counterfeit medicine problem

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2D code readers and sensors from SICK could be the ideal solution to the globally widespread and fast growing problem of counterfeit medicines.

Driven by the World Health Organisation (WHO), European commission, FDA (Food and Drug Administration), EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) and others, anti-counterfeiting measures for medicines are being discussed, tested and implemented. All of them have one thing in common: the serialisation on the package level.

Looking at recent developments in anti-counterfeiting, such as pilot projects in Sweden from EFPIA and new legislation in Turkey, France and Brazil, it is expected that Europe will choose 2D Data Matrix code technology for serialisation of medicine packaging.

Looking at the pharmaceutical package proposals for the European Commission, a range of safety features is proposed for medicine packaging to battle the counterfeiting problem. Overt and covert features, individual 2D product codes, and seals which reveal any opening of the pack will protect the legal supply chain against counterfeited medicines.

If there is a need to detect safety features, seals, or serialised 2D Data Matrix codes, it is important to use high performing and reliable systems. The most powerful "track and trace software" can be implemented, however if the barcode reader does not read the 2D codes or the sensors are not detecting the seals, this will have a negative influence on the productivity of the packaging line.

Years of experience in research and development and production, as well as experience in many other industries have made SICK code readers and sensor solutions reliable, fast, robust and easy to use.

Additionally, SICK can offer customers a service covering the lifetime of their code readers and sensors, from consulting to service. With a worldwide network of more than 50 subsidiaries SICK can support their customers at all of their international production locations.

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