NEWS: Embedding RFID tags into syringe labels ensures drugs can be tracked

21-03-2019

Drug manufacturer Nephron Pharmaceuticals, based in South Carolina, is building UHF RFID tags into the labels that are applied to its prefilled syringe products. The system makes each item individually visible where RFID readers are employed at its own facility, as well as at its health-care customers' facilities, says a report in RFID Journal.

With the technology in place, the company can help its customers to manage inventory more efficiently and safely by removing the need for manual checks during restocking and dispensing. The company's health-care provider customers are reading the tags using Kit Check RFID readers, and are utilizing Kit Check's cloud-based software to manage data about each product.

This serialization initiative ensures all products are identifiable throughout the supply chain, using tracking and automation tools. Each pre-tagged syringe will work automatically in the Kit Check scanning station; no additional labelling or activation is necessary.

“Nephron is proud to be the first company implementing Kit Check across all syringe products,” says Lou Kennedy, CEO, Nephron. “We believe this will set a standard of care within our industry.” Serialization across all syringes will provide enhanced data on drug usage, allowing Nephron to tailor products to specifically suit the needs of a hospital, it says.

“Kit Check is happy to support this effort with an automated solution for adding serialized RFID tags to prefilled syringes,” says Nick Petersen, VP at Kit Check. “We have tracked more than 50 million medications in the US and learned the best approach for syringes is embedding the item-level tags at the time of production. More than 400 hospitals using Kit Check can now automatically recognize Nephron 503B prefilled syringes out-of-the-box.”

Nephron is one of only nine partners certified for the Works with Kit Check program. Customers will no longer be required to add RFID tags to prefilled syringes to use them with Kit Check. Scanners will automatically identify the syringes in terms of NDC, lot number, and expiration date, saving time for hospital staff and reducing the risk of medical error.

In another development Kit Check has recently announced a partnership with Avery Dennison to work directly with drug manufacturers worldwide to apply RFID tags to medication packaging.