12 Months, 12 Solutions – Countdown to the EU Falsified Medicines Directive

September Pharma-Security Feature: LumiSecure

Often the less conspicuous a closure seal appears on medicinal packaging the more sophisticated the security technology it contains. Effects that are both conspicuous and unequivocal will only emerge when an informed expert authenticates the seal, like in the case of LumiSecure: Illumination by a special light makes colors on the label visible that can be clearly verified and thus indicate the authenticity of the packaged medicine.

The LumiSecure security feature is based on fluorescence, which is a form of luminescence and special type of optical radiation: Visible light is emitted when excited by ultraviolet (UV) light of selective wavelengths. The elements printed with UV-fluorescent inks that are invisible under normal light conditions will then shine in various color spectrums.

LumiSecure is effective for three different wavelengths:

  • 365 nm is the most frequently used wavelength
  • 254 nm, due to selective shortwave luminescence, offers higher security
  • 313 nm wavelength represents the highest security level, which is exclusively used by security printing companies. The respective UV lamps are special detection tools; they clearly raise the hurdle for counterfeiters.

LumiSecure belongs to the category of semi-covert security features. They are not directly visible, unobtrusively hidden in the design and cannot be copied using machines. The combination of diverse LumiSecure features offers higher security. Another benefit of LumiSecure is its clear and easy verification by means of readily available standard detectors such as UV lamps.

Due to this versatility, luminescences are a popular and secure authentication feature for pharmaceutical manufacturers across the entire supply chain.

In our blog series “12 Months, 12 Solutions: The Countdown to the EU Falsified Medicines Directive” over the next twelve months, we will present twelve selected security features that can be used to make medicinal packaging counterfeit-proof.

For more information on Schreiner MediPharm and our innovative Solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry, please visit: www.schreiner-medipharm.com

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