Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as a Helpful Tool for the Pharmaceutical Industry
Manhattan Associates, Atlanta, GA (USA)
Over the course of the last 15 years, universal product codes (UPCs) have become the dominant producttracking standard across all industries. The next great leap in this evolution are automatic identification technologies.
One such technology is radio frequency identification (RFID). It promises higher quality information and realtime tracking. This is especially important for the pharmaceutical industry in light of counterfeiting, recalls and overall em-phasis on inventory management and visibility throughout the supply chain. This paper will briefly identify what RFID technology is and how it works. It will then detail the market drivers and needs, meeting the unique challenges of the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Readers will learn about what they can do to realize the benefits of RFID technology in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Finally, an implementation strategy will be reviewed, beginning within the distribution center and extending to synchronization with trading partners.
Key words Automatic identification • Electronic product code (EPC) • Pharmaceutical supply chain • Radio frequency identification (RFID)