Track and Trace Library

The Track and Trace Library

The Track and Trace Library offers a focused, easy-to-search source of case histories and best practices that pharma and biopharma companies are using to improve their RFID and bar coding technology as it pertains to supply chain protection. It also features white papers, products, and reference sources from companies and experts on track and trace successes and pitfalls.


RFID, Bar Coding, and UPC

  • Trace and Track to Seal the Cracks
    After years of testing, some manufacturers are applying new technologies to thwart drug counterfeiters and ensure a safe supply chain.

  • Anticounterfeiting and NIR: A Hong Kong Diary
    The world marketplace is full of counterfeit drugs, as a recent trip showed. Imaging technologies promise to help keep fakes at bay.

  • Ten Tips to Fight Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting
    The pharmaceutical industry is under extraordinary strain. Facing the wrath of consumers because of the cost of products, constantly answering the questions of state and federal legislators looking to control health care costs, and losing value in the marketplace, the industry’s hands are more than full.

  • Protect the Product, Not the Package
    There is no shortage of new technologies designed to protect the drug supply chain. RFID gets most of the publicity, but experts acknowledge that it can, in theory, be hacked, while an RFID chip on a package may not guarantee that the product is not diverted. Holograms and other forms of security can be, and are, copied.

  • Barcoding the Tablet
    John Kawochka, a former tablet handling expert from Pfizer, takes us inside his company’s cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting measures.

  • What’s Your RFID IQ?
    Think you’re in the know about RFID? Let’s see. Take our quiz, provided by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

  • RFID Battles the Elements?
    Making RFID work in a pharmaceutical setting takes materials and packaging expertise, and a little black magic. We survey the experts on what they know, and what they don’t.

  • Trace and Track to Seal the Cracks
    After years of testing, some manufacturers are applying new technologies to thwart drug counterfeiters and ensure a safe supply chain.

  • Staffing Issues
    A new report from RFID Tribe says workers will be needed to support a burgeoning technology.

  • RFID Middleware: Trying to Connect
    Middleware offers a way to integrate RFID, and the copious data it generates, with pharmaceutical manufacturers' current processes and systems.

Case Histories

Cardinal Health
FFF Enterprises
H.D. Smith
Purdue Pharma

White Papers

  • Build a Pedigree Platform
    VeriSign outlines the fundamentals of a serious e-pedigree program.

  • Using RFID to Monitor the Supply Chain
    In this white paper, engineers from Rockwell Automation outline a strategy for achieving long-term benefits -- such as the ability to do precise, real-time forecasting -- from the integration of RFID technology.

  • Detailed Study Shows ROI and Savings from RFID Implementation
    A study just released by the University of Texas (Austin) shows that pharma companies that implement RFID typically realize 900% ROI. The technology should save the industry and the healthcare sector $46 billion, the research suggests

  • RFID in the Real World
    FKI Logistex offers an analysis of the challenges of RFID adoption and a common-sense, measured response to intelligently evaluating and implementing RFID.

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Update : Drug Pedigrees
    FKI This update summarizes the pending Prescription Drug Marketing Act requirements, highlights pedigree requirements in Florida and California, and raises issues for consideration.

  • RFID in Manufacturing
    Rockwell Automation's "RFID in Manufacturing" White Paper provides a practical guide to extracting measurable value from RFID implementations in plant and warehousing operations.

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Submit Information on Pharma RFID

Have you developed expertise in Pharma RFID or any facet of track and trace technology as it pertains to supply chain efficiency?  Would you like to share best practices and lessons learned with your colleagues around the world?  If so, please let us know and send us a draft of the article, or a 250-word abstract summarizing what you'd like to write about.  We'll use that to develop the article for publication and/or add it to this online library.  Please send your abstracts or articles to