ABDA: Pilot project against counterfeit drugs begins
Numerous German pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers are starting a pilot project for the authentication of pharmaceuticals. It is intended to combat counterfeit drugs.
A 2-D code will be printed or stuck onto the packaging by the manufacturers or wholesalers. The code contains the pharmaceutical central number (PZN) (drug code), the expiry date and a batch number. When the pack with the 2-D data matrix code is handed over, the respective pharmacy authenticates it with a scan and access to the Aegate database. According to the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA), the Aegate system is already used in Belgium. The data provider "ABDATA" can also make current information visible in the pharmacy software. These include Callbacks.
The pilot project is based on a draft directive adopted by the European Commission in 2008. As a result, the number of plagiarisms picked up at EU customs borders and on the Internet is steadily increasing. The pilot project should last around seven months. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 02/10/2010)