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Falsified medicines are a lucrative business for criminals. According to the “Pharmaceutical Crime: A Growth Market” research report published by the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in October 2016, one kilogram of the counterfeit version of a well-known potency-enhancing drug sells for 90,000 euros on average, whereas the price of cocaine is estimated at “merely” 65,000 euros. The serialization of packaging, complemented by anti-counterfeiting labels, helps stop this illegal trade.

When it comes to securing the supply chain, digital technologies are playing an increasingly important part in the anti-counterfeiting strategies of pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors/retailers and inspectors must be able to clearly determine on-site.