Drugmakers testing RFID tag system on shipped medicine bottles

09/7/2004 | Sun (Baltimore), The

Some of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers are taking part in a pilot project to put tags on medicine bottles to enable them to detect counterfeit drugs as they move through the distribution system. The radio frequency identification technology involves the use of tags that transmit radio waves, checked by placing them on a scanner that sends data on the tags to a computer program to more easily identify counterfeit products. The system has critics who see it as a way to deter Americans from buying cheaper drugs from other countries.

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