National Pharmaceutical Track and Trace System Gains Steam

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National Pharmaceutical Track and Trace System Gains Steam

It's long been known that on a global scale, illegitimate drugs put patients at significant risk whether they are substandard, fake, or otherwise falsified. At one time it was largely believed that illegitimate drugs were a problem only for developing countries; today, we know that fake and substandard drugs make their way into the supply chain right here in the U.S. Over the last couple of months, it seems that developing national track and trace standards and increasing the strength of the supply chain has become more of a top priority for lawmakers, considering the Senate and House have demonstrated their commitment to the need. Just about a month ago, track and trace legislation (H.R. 1919) was approved by the House Energy and Commerce committee. Just days later, another version of the legislation (S.957) was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In both cases, the goal is to create a tracing system that is electronic, interoperable, and aimed at protecting individuals from expired, stolen, fake, and recalled medicines at the unit level. Legislators hope to accomplish this in a manner that is scalable and done step by step, so that it is implemented in a staggered manner into various areas of the supply chain. While the work is scheduled to begin immediately, ultimately the goal is to have a full track and trace system in place with roles for every aspect of the supply chain including manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacists. While there are subtle differences in the two bills, both are focused on developing a single system that functions nationally to ultimately provide patients with peace of mind they can only get knowing that the medicines they take are safe, and effective. At Markem-Imaje, we provide the ultimate in traceability systems designed to minimize counterfeiting and diversion, protecting your brand and minimizing the damaging effects of recalls. Count on our team of experts for industrial traceability solutions!

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