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RFID Tag System to Achieve Drug Inventory and Shelf life Tracking
11/7/2018 2:36:19 AM / Editor - Naomi / Source - RFID tag World - XMINNOV

RFID Tag System to Achieve Drug Inventory and Shelf life Tracking


According to RFID magazine, Asembia, a US medical service, is using Truecount's UHF RFID system to manage the inventory dates and expiration dates of its high-value drugs.


Label supplier Charming Trim & Packaging offers UHF inlay labels attached to pharmaceutical packaging. The system uses Truecount's simple RFID software solution.


Asembia provides group purchasing and contracting services for new biopharmaceuticals and other specialty drugs that are not distributed in traditional pharmacies. Many of these drugs have a relatively short shelf life.

As a result, Snehal Patel, senior director of pharmacy network and market access at Asembia, said, “One of the key challenges we face is the shelf life of our products.”


Every product is tracked from the distribution center to the patient. First, passive UHF RFID tags are applied to each drug container. The fascinating décor and packaging choose its 15X40 u7 inlay, designed for unique applications.


Jeremy Van Houten, Head of Global Accounts at Charming Trim & Packaging, said: “It performs well in this type of application.” These labels are designed with low release adhesives that allow them to adhere well to the package, so they can also remove without leaving residue.


Tags are applied to the distribution device, and the software links each product to its label. Truecount CEO Zander Livingston explained that after placing an order at a participating pharmacy, employees used Zebra Technologies RFD8500 UHF RFID reader (connected to a terminal mobile device such as Apple iPad) to check all label stocks before shipment. .


Truecount software collects and manages data about the distribution. The scanned inventory will be processed in real time and published to a custom dashboard supported by the Asembia-1 system. Pharmacies can access data through simple RFID software and track their inventory.


  When a product order is received, the pharmacy staff scans all items with the pharmacy's own handheld RFID reader and updates the sales status of each item. Every night, employees also perform an inventory scan of all remaining inventory and check with Asembia-1's distribution data.


If the product is recalled, the pharmacy staff can enter product information, place the RFID reader in the Geiger counter mode, and quickly locate and collect the medications that need to be removed from the shelf. In addition, Asembia can track the lot number and shelf life of the product.


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