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Secure packaging provides protection against fake medicine risk

TSSI Systems : 06 February, 2009  (Technical Article)
TSSI responds to report on fake drugs in hospitals with the use of secure brand protection and packaging
Following a report on the BBC File on 4 programme on Radio 4 this week, document security and brand protection specialist, TSSI calls for tougher measures to be introduced to prevent any further infiltration of fake drugs into the NHS.

"The British public are the real victims here and at the very minimum must be protected from the risks of taking fake drugs, said Stewart Hefferman, COO, TSSI Systems. The MHRA must take action now to ensure that only legitimate pharmaceuticals are accepted into the supply chain so that the NHS can avoid any possibility of infiltrated drugs. Lessons can be learnt from the luxury goods industry, which often use machine-readable security holograms which are applied to the packaging of goods to prevent counterfeiting."

"If the pharmaceutical companies are made to label their products with a uniquely numbered hologram that can be easily verified as genuine or fake using a hand held reader, then the benefits are obvious. The security features of a hologram will ensure fake drugs can be identified and confiscated whilst still in the supply chain, ensuring the fake drugs are not administered to or used by patients. A machine-readable hologram is also an affordable option and therefore only has negligible cost implications on what are already expensive pharmaceuticals."

"The counterfeiting of fake drugs not only poses a serious threat to the pharmaceutical and medical industries, but also the lives of the general public. By forcing pharmaceutical companies to put measures in place to address the fake drugs trade, we can be assured that illegitimate drugs will not enter the supply chain and consequently restore consumer confidence".

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