DRUG NEWS: Tuning out fake drugs with radio tags

February 2005 
Volume 35  Number 2
Pages 30 - 30
  PDF Version Available!

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(2)             February 2005             p 30 Tuning out fake drugs with radio tags [DRUG NEWS: COUNTERFEITING]

To help prevent drug theft and counterfeiting, the FDA is lifting certain restrictions on drug labeling that discouraged drug manufacturers from testing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on drug packaging. The tags, which consist of little antennae that can be part of a drug label, allow a drug to be tracked from factory to pharmacy and checked for authenticity.

The first drugs to carry the tags may be OxyContin (oxycodone HCl), Viagra (sildenafil), and the AIDS drugs Combivir (lamivudine and zidovudine) and Epivir (lamivudine), which are especially vulnerable to theft and counterfeiting. An FDA spokesperson predicts that RFID tags, currently used by some commercial retailers such as Wal-Mart to track inventory, will eventually ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events