Tamper evident and anti counterfeit pharma packaging.

Over ten percent of medicines worldwide are counterfeit, according to a study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To tackle this problem, STI Group design a pharmaceutical packaging that patients, pharmacists and hospitals can rely on and that ensures that the product in their hands is an original product.


This pharmaceutical demo box was published in response to the EU's forthcoming, safety regulation affecting packaging materials. The safety features used on the box: a two-dimensional data matrix code, M-icon screening, micro-text, serialization, Braille, holographic foil, Twin ICI, QR code. The combination of as many visible and invisible security features as possible offers the best safeguard. This carton also features a combination of classic anti-counterfeiting measures and new solutions such as the Trustcode®. This optical element can be scanned with mobile devices and the authenticity tracked by means of an app. In addition to this, the supply chain can be monitored by track and trace. Microtext, ICI or a coating that is only visible under UV light are just few of the features that can be found on the packaging, some of which are only used if the means necessary to decode them are available.   In the blister packaging inside the box candies are placed to symbolize pills. The serial numbers of the candies can also be seen on the metal layer. A "patient information leaflet" placed in the box helps to provide the security features in three languages (English, German, Hungarian).’ The closure of four-color offset printing packaging is reclosable tamper evident. A tamper-evident closure protects the product against tampering and swapping of medicines. For packaging filled by machines at the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s site, various designs are possible to implement this requirement. Despite the tamper evidence, it is still possible to reseal the box after it has been opened for the first time. In manual filling, a security label, which is damaged when the box is first opened, indicates that the packaging was already opened. The pharmaceutical packaging also has an individual serial number that is printed either at the packaging manufacturer’s site or during the packaging process at the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s site. The printing of an individual GS1 data matrix code allows the packaging to be tracked over the entire supply chain. The tamper evidence can also be checked with a smartphone using a special app.

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