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November 13, 2005

Sun Microsystems’ technology to combat counterfeit drugs

Sun Microsystems has launched its Sun RFID industry solution for drug authentication, a combination of software, hardware and services that is intended to combat pharmaceutical drug counterfeiting.

By CBR Staff Writer

The Sun system is designed to stem drug counterfeiting by verifying and certifying the authenticity of drugs using electronic product codes.

Drug counterfeiting and diverting (fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs and reselling them) introduce inefficiencies into the supply chain, dilute company brand names, represent enormous costs to pharmaceutical manufacturers, and expose consumers to health risks via counterfeit dispensing.

Unlike packaged goods, pharmaceutical drugs have high market values, unique storage requirements and small unit sizes that make it necessary to track individual bottles or even individual doses.

Sun is leveraging our RFID-technology expertise, along with that of third-party companies, to bring drug manufacturers and distributors a solution that helps distinguish legitimate products from counterfeit and helps our customers prevent loss in revenue and maintain drug integrity, said Vivek Khandelwal, principal RFID solutions manager for Sun’s RFID Business Unit.

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