In April, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) published the report about the pilot project on the tracing and verification of medicinal products in Sweden.
The project, which ran in Sweden from September 2009 to January 2010, was meant to show in how far a verification system based on the 2D Datamatrix Code can work with the participation of trade and pharmacies in order to make it more difficult for counterfeit medicinal products to enter the supply chain in the future.
Both EFPIA, the participating pharmacies chain Apoteket AB and the wholesalers Tamro and KD Pharma are unanimous about the project's success. During the runtime of the project, a total of 100,000 medicinal products packages from 14 medicinal product manufacturers were handed out in 25 pharmacies in Stockholm. According to EFPIA, the project showed how the call for increasing the safety of medicinal products can be fulfilled in a budget-friendly and efficient way.
The detailed report by EFPIA can be found here.
Dr Rober Eicher
On behalf of the European Compliance Academy (ECA)