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intelligence rules to prevent thefts rather than account for
thefts that have already occurred." Shippers (including
pharma logistics managers themselves) can take advantage
of the proliferation of digital devices, telematics and sensors
now in use (plus the smartphone the driver usually has)-
and to connect the trucker's activities with other parts of
the supply chain to create a tailored network. "It's better
and cheaper than existing monitoring services-and that's a
winning combination," says Conlon.
It is known that some manufacturers employ anticounterfeiting or product-authentication technologies on
their packages, but confirming that is difficult simply because
these techniques are mostly covert. Also, many manufacturers
are figuring that their serialization investments will protect
against all but a few counterfeiting efforts, further reducing
the already-low figures for the US supply chain.
Nevertheless, some traceability vendors are extending
their offerings to include product authentication. Notable
efforts include Systech's proprietary UniSecure technology,
StellaGuard from Covectra, and Alpvision-each of these
employs optical verification of the as-is label. TruTag has
been promoting a taggant based on nanoporous silica, which
can be used either on packaging or as an on-dose excipient;
the material is now being used to mark dietary supplements.
Another taggant-based technology, from Advanced DNA
Sciences, involves synthesized DNA strands; in the past
year, Advanced DNA has announced collaborations with
Videojet (provider of barcode marking equipment) and with
Colorcon, a leading provider of pill coatings.
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