NEWS: Medicines Get Layers of Security with New Label


Regulations such as EU 2016/161, which has to be implemented by February 9, 2019, require innovative solutions to protect patients against falsified medicines . A newly developed label, from Schreiner MediPharm , demonstrates a combination of diverse digital security features on a Booklet-Label with an integrated first-opening seal.

The bottom layer of the label contains a tab that serves as a closure seal for tampering protection. When the seal is opened, a void effect emerges as an irreversible first-opening indication. The Booklet-Label applied to a medicine pack allows a pharmacist, to view product information about the medication without opening the pack and thus destroying the tamper protection. In addition, the sample label is equipped with three digital security features.

The novel copy detection technology is based on a high-resolution, cloud-like random pattern. In an attempt to copy BitSecure, the fake will suffer a loss in precision and optical details.  These variances can be checked by means of a smartphone app, a conventional scanner or a 2D barcode reader and respective software. The BitSecure pattern requires a minimal size of only a few square millimeters and can be easily integrated into the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s brand appearance.

The tracing system is based on an encrypted 15-digit alphanumerical code, which makes it possible to identify and authenticate every single product item marked via a smartphone or the internet. The code can be printed in human-readable form or as a 2D code. Authentication is performed by either entering the code on the manufacturer’s website, a mobile query of the 2D code via a smartphone or calling a hotline.

A label-integrated NFC chip enables digital authentication using a smartphone. In addition, the automatic starting of an app for product verification is possible.