RFID in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Device Technology

Digitization of the Healthcare Industry

Digitization, automation and patient centricity are becoming increasingly important for companies in the pharmaceutical and medical device technology sectors. Smart labels with integrated RFID technology can add major value to many applications. Products are provided with a digital interface and even a digital twin, thus supporting the digitization trend in the pharmaceutical industry and medical device technology sector. The objective is to enhance processes and their transparency, increase product safety, and assist patients and healthcare staff.

Process Optimization

The demands made on process efficiency and process safety keep growing: higher process speeds, interlinked process steps, maximum process reliability. RFID systems can automate and enhance these processes. For instance, RFID-Labels help control intralogistics, safeguard the supply chain, monitor production, manage inventories and enable interaction between consumables and equipment according to the lock-and-key principle.

Process Optimization

The demands made on process efficiency and process safety keep growing: higher process speeds, interlinked process steps, maximum process reliability. RFID systems can automate and enhance these processes. For instance, RFID-Labels help control intralogistics, safeguard the supply chain, monitor production, manage inventories and enable interaction between consumables and equipment according to the lock-and-key principle.

Patient Safety

The growing trend toward self-medication confronts products, patients and, above all, manufacturers with many new challenges. For one, the patient’s use of a drug delivery device or medication must be both simple and safe even from a regulatory perspective. For the other, patient behavior and expectations have significantly changed in recent years. With RFID, digital interaction between patients, physicians and manufacturers as well as communication between a medication and a smart device is successfully achieved. Thus, patients are optimally and reliably assisted in self-administering their medicines.  

Possible Uses

  • Product-device communication, consumables identification (lock-and-key principle)
  • Inventory management
  • Intralogistics
  • Patient support
  • Digital interaction and data monitoring
  • Supply chain management and track & trace
  • Bulk reading and identification on unit level
  • Product authentication and counterfeiting protection
  • First-opening indication and protection of product integrity
  • Process monitoring and control
As part of a total solution, paying attention to the label design and its optimal integration at an early stage of the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s product design is especially important when using RFID-Labels. Critical aspects can thus be considered in the label construction in order to find a solution ensuring reliable processing and use.
Medications and consumables provided with RFID-Labels enable automated inventory management in hospitals. The data stored on the embedded chip such as product name, manufacturer, batch number and expiration date are electronically read and matched with a database for this purpose.
Label-integrated RFID solutions should be adapted precisely to the relevant final use and form of delivery. Thus, the supply chain can be optimized and product and patient safety supported.
Pharmaceutical production poses special challenges to RFID-Labels, especially in the case of containers with narrow radii. Specialty label designs combining robustness and flexibility protect the embedded RFID chip and maintain its functionality from production to final use.

Perfect Protection for RFID

Extreme robustness and perfect performance of the RFID-Labels throughout the various processing stages and across the entire supply chain are prerequisites for perfect a use of the RFID technology. Particularly critical to ensuring robustness is the label’s design. Schreiner MediPharm's new Robust RFID-Label delivers reliable end-to-end functionality from production to final use.

Perfect Protection for RFID

Extreme robustness and perfect performance of the RFID-Labels throughout the various processing stages and across the entire supply chain are prerequisites for perfect a use of the RFID technology. Particularly critical to ensuring robustness is the label’s design. Schreiner MediPharm's new Robust RFID-Label delivers reliable end-to-end functionality from production to final use.

Use Cases