Combating Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals With Rfid Technology

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Assignment: Critical Thinking Assignment 3 Title: Combating Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals with RFID Technology IE 5300 Due Date: 07/1/2015 Professor: Dr. Erick C. Jones Prepared by Distance Team #1: Koppolu Vijaya Krishna (1001100528) Venkata Vineeth Mucherla (1000989243) LaTasha Taylor Starr (1001172634) ABSTRACT Counterfeit drugs have become a menace and a dangerous problem in the pharmaceutical industry. This rapidly growing global epidemic and was $75 billion industry in 2010. World Health Organisation (WHO) claims that on average, approximately 2000 children die every day in Africa alone, from the consumption of counterfeit drugs. The pharmaceutical industry needs to come up with answers to protect public health, minimize…show more content…
Two-way radio transmitter- receivers, which are called readers, send a signal to the tag and receive a response. There are two types of tags; one is known as active and the other, passive. Active tags have their own power source, and on-board memory which sends its ID signal periodically. Passive tags are not self-powered, which gets and is activated only in the presence of RFID reader. Electromagnetic fields are used in order to transmit data from the RFID chip. RFID has been employed in various industries to keep tracking of their products. For example they can be installed in an automobile industry to keep track on the production throughout assembly. Similarly, RFID tags are now being used in the pharmaceuticals industry to keep track of medicinal items in warehouses and throughout the supply chain. The supply chain can often be complex in nature, with several data points as it relates to item movement from the original manufacturer to its final destination, the customer. There have been many proven situations where RFID has been a crucial player in this area. Supply chain tracking would have to include all the processes involved from manufacturer to customer (manufacturing, transportation and distribution) in order to be effective. The introduction of RFID in supply chain management will not only replace barcodes but also ensure the right goods are available in the right place with no discrepancies. In the fast paced world of
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