Carla ReedJune 16, 2005

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RFID
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Myth versus Reality

by
Carla Reed


Published on
June 16, 2005



The hype around the adoption of RFID as the 'hot new
technology' continues. T
he reality is that RFID, despite
the fact that this is a relatively mature technology, is
still far from mainstream.







Full Article Below






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the potential health issues related to low potency and expired product being administered


especially to the growing senior population
, who are lured into buying ‘discount’ products. The
FDA has stepped forward and made various recommendations and suggestions


however, the
line being adopted is still relatively ‘soft’. An example of this is reflected in the following
proposed timelines:


January
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December 2004



Performance of mass serialization feasibility studies using RFID on pallets, cases, and
packages of pharmaceuticals.

January
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December 2005



Mass serialization of some pallets and cases of pharmaceuticals likely to be
counterfei
ted.



Acquisition and use of RFID technology (i.e., ability to read and use the information
contained in RFID tags and the associated database) by some manufacturers, large
wholesalers, some large chain drug stores, and some hospitals.

January
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December 2
006



Mass serialization of most pallets and cases of pharmaceuticals likely to be
counterfeited, and some pallets and cases of other pharmaceuticals.



Mass serialization of most packages of pharmaceuticals likely to be counterfeited.



Acquisition and use of
RFID technology (i.e., ability to read and use the information
contained in RFID tags and the associated database) by most manufacturers, most
wholesalers, most chain drug stores, most hospitals, and some small retailers.

January
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December 2007



Mass seri
alization of all pallets and cases of pharmaceuticals.



Mass serialization of most packages of pharmaceuticals.



Acquisition and use of RFID technology (i.e., ability to read and use the information
contained in RFID tags and the associated database) by all
manufacturers, all
wholesalers, all chain drug stores, all hospitals, and most small retailers.

FDA plans to assist, to the extent necessary and appropriate, in facilitating the rapid, widespread
adoption of RFID in the drug distribution system by working

with stakeholders


however, they
have yet to publish a mandate related to RFID adoption.

What does this all mean?

As the Bard would say, is this in fact, “
…much ado about nothing”
?

The reality is that each technology that is embraced is another bridge
on the digital highway that
is linking the global enterprises and communities who share common interests in global trade.
The key is to recognize which components make sense in a specific business context, versus
following the parade.


In other words, what

is
my

destination and therefore what path should I
take.

So, how to proceed?

Common sense


relatively uncommon to this day


dictates that enterprises take a practical
approach. A path forward could include:

Create an internal team focused on the adoptio
n of mass serialization and use of RFID
technology:



Perform internal feasibility studies to gain experience with mass serialization and RFID
technology, and to identify internal business issues requiring resolution;



Perform external pilot studies with st
akeholders across the supply chain to gain
experience, using mass serialization and RFID, and to identify opportunities, barriers and
external business issues associated with them;



Develop policy and a business case for the use of mass serialization and R
FID;



Cooperate and work with other stakeholders and government agencies to develop
infrastructure and information systems to use with mass serialization of pallets, cases,
and packaged units.



Participate on standard setting groups developing technical st
andards and business rules
for use of mass serialization and RFID;



Work with government agencies and other members of the supply chain to identify and
address regulatory and economic issues that could delay the adoption of mass
serialization and RFID; and




Educate other members of the supply chain and government agencies about mass
serialization and RFID.

RFID, like other convergent technologies, creates many potential opportunities


not the least of
which includes leveraging investments in technology acq
uired during the Halcyon Days of the
Y2K hysteria. There are benefits to be gained


fortune favors the brave!

.



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