Standardised medication tracking with RFID: Schreiner MediPharm joins DoseID healthcare consortium


RFID technology has been gaining traction in the healthcare sector, but standardised tools for tracking medications, devices and consumables are lacking. DoseID, a US consortium and the first industry association dedicated to standardising the use of RFID tags in healthcare, was established for the purpose of introducing an industry-wide standard. Schreiner MediPharm (Oberschleißheim, Germany) has joined this alliance of leading players in the healthcare sector.

DoseID’s goal is to ensure the interoperability, quality and performance of RFID-tagged drug products as they move through the pharmaceutical supply chain. The drugs are tracked across all hardware and software systems—from the manufacturer, through the distributor, to the hospital and eventually to the patient.

Pharmaceuticals can be successfully tracked by serialising medications, containers and devices. In addition, the RFID tags have to deliver reliable performance in all hospital and healthcare IT systems so that products can be tracked at unit level and across their entire lifecycle. RFID-Labels from Schreiner MediPharm are important enablers in this context: They allow frictionless integration and smooth processing on unit-level pharmaceutical packaging lines–improving the automation of processes to increase efficiency, but most importantly to enhance patient and drug safety.

“As a long-term provider of customised RFID labels for the healthcare industry we see the need for interoperability and quality standards as essential to leveraging the full potential of RFID. We look forward to being part of the DoseID consortium to mutually drive RFID-based smart solutions to enhance the pharmaceutical supply chain,” says Stefan Wiedemann, senior director strategic marketing and business development at Schreiner MediPharm.

The serialisation on unit level enabled by DoseID surpasses the requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), a standard securing the US supply chain of prescription drugs. To ensure adherence to the standards established by the consortium and conformity with the requirements of pharmaceutical manufacturers, compounding pharmacies, pharmacy automation services providers, and manufacturers of RFID inlays and tags, a special RFID tag certification is additionally awarded after third party testing.

Caption: As a member of the DoseID consortium, Schreiner MediPharm supports standardised, RFID-based medication tracking with RFID-labels for e.g. syringes and vials (photo: Schreiner Group)

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