Blauvelt,  03/28/2019

Smart Pharmaceutical Packaging

Schreiner MediPharm and Edelmann Group Develop Demo Version of Smart Packaging Solution

The smart packaging solution developed by Schreiner MediPharm jointly with the Edelmann Group includes digital and analog technologies for product authentication and tamper evidence.

Schreiner MediPharm, a Germany-based global provider of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions for over 65 years, has combined its expertise in innovative specialty labels and integrated solutions with folding box manufacturer Edelmann. The result is a smart medicine packaging solution with diverse digital features, including the BitSecure copy detection technology for fast, reliable product authentication. A closure seal with an integrated NFC chip and a void effect for tamper evidence also have been incorporated.

The new solution exemplifies the prevailing notion that “pharmaceutical packaging of the future” means more than merely marking and protecting medicines. Smart packaging builds a digital bridge between manufacturers, distributors and patients by opening new platforms of communication between them. By means of diverse features, a demo version of a smart packaging solution jointly created by Schreiner MediPharm and the Edelmann Group shows pharmaceutical manufacturers the possibilities for authentication and tamper evidence of their products and, by extension, for supply chain security and compliance with the EU Falsified Medicines Directives in effect since February 2019.

BitSecure for Product Authentication
The BitSecure copy detection technology is a printed, digital security feature based on a high-resolution, random pattern whose intricate details are not discernible by the naked eye. In an attempt to copy the small random pattern, whose size is just a few millimeters, the printed image suffers a loss in precision and optical details. The pattern can be authenticated quickly and flexibly on-site using a smartphone or handheld reader, and analyzed via related software. Due to its small size, the cost-efficient authentication technology can be easily integrated into existing packaging or label designs.

NFC Closure Seal for Tamper Evidence
The closure seal with a void effect and an integrated NFC chip combines analog and digital technologies, offering double tamper evidence: Before the seal’s initial opening, the user reads the NFC chip using a smartphone and related app to receive confirmation of the product’s authenticity.

If the seal is peeled off, an irreversible void effect will appear. If the user opens the packaging without previously peeling off the seal, the seal will break along the perforation. If the NFC chip is read again, a warning on the smartphone will indicate that the packaging has been previously opened. This makes any tampering attempt clearly visible. Additionally, interactive applications for patient information and assistance may be integrated into the NFC chip.

About Edelmann

The Edelmann Group, a leading provider of high-quality and innovative cardboard and paper packaging solutions, generates core sales of over 300 million euros with more than 3,000 employees. The family-owned business founded in 1913 develops, produces and sells folding boxes, leaflets, system solutions, wet labels, corrugated boxes and rigid boxes at seven domestic and fourteen foreign locations (France, Poland, Hungary, Brazil, China, India, Mexico and the United States) for the health care, beauty care and consumer brands markets.


For further information, contact:
Schreiner MediPharm, a business unit of
Schreiner Group LP
300 Corporate Drive, Suite 10
Blauvelt, NY 10913
Phone (845) 848-9000
Fax  (845) 848-9041