Canadian Plastics

Embedded RFID tags help track pill bottles

For bottle manufacturers, the important goals of foiling theft while at the same time tracking a product's lifecycle are within reach now that pharmaceutical packaging supplier Rexam Pharma is offerin...

March 1, 2007   Canadian Plastics



For bottle manufacturers, the important goals of foiling theft while at the same time tracking a product’s lifecycle are within reach now that pharmaceutical packaging supplier Rexam Pharma is offering a pill bottle with an embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.

The tags are molded right into the bottom of the new plastic pharmaceutical bottles, and comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations recommendations for embedding RFID tags.

Touted as the successor to bar codes, RFID tags are not just an effective way to prevent “five finger discounts”, but can also store a variety of data that allow each tagged product to be individually tracked. This in turn allows retailers to follow a bottle’s progress from the initial shipment to the purchase by a customer, enabling them to gather valuable information about shipment time, the number of bottles that might be damaged during transportation and the amount of time spent on the shelf before purchase.

Rexam Pharma (Buffalo Grove, Ill.); www.rexam.com; 847-541-9700


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