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February 2005, Volume 35 Number 2 , p 30 - 30



© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(2)             February 2005             p 30 Tuning out fake drugs with radio tags [DRUG NEWS: COUNTERFEITING]

To help prevent drug theft and counterfeiting, the FDA is lifting certain restrictions on drug labeling that discouraged drug manufacturers from testing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on drug packaging. The tags, which consist of little antennae that can be part of a drug label, allow a drug to be tracked from factory to pharmacy and checked for authenticity.

The first drugs to carry the tags may be OxyContin (oxycodone HCl), Viagra (sildenafil), and the AIDS drugs Combivir (lamivudine and zidovudine) and Epivir (lamivudine), which are especially vulnerable to theft and counterfeiting. An FDA spokesperson predicts that RFID tags, currently used by some commercial retailers such as Wal-Mart to track inventory, will eventually ...

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