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Mid-October, some 500 tons of fake medicines were confiscated in international raids. They included ineffective potency-enhancing drugs, pain killers and dietary supplements as well as counterfeit cancer drugs. According to Interpol, 116 countries were involved in the operation and 850 suspects arrested. This again shows the importance of tamper-proof packaging. An EU Directive-compliant closure seal provides an effective solution.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in Europe up to one percent of medicines in the market are counterfeit (WHO Report 2011). All dosage forms are affected. This does not only pose a risk to patient safety but may also jeopardize the pharmaceutical manufacturer’s reputation. Therefore, it is of vital importance to detect counterfeit products and withdraw them from circulation. Label-integrated thermochromatic inks enable exactly this: efficient authentication of medicines.

Counterfeit drugs are a hot topic. This was highlighted by various programs on German television recently, culminating in a prime time movie on Germany’s national television channel 1, titled “Gift” (“Poison”).

There’s a dark side dormant in all of us… Pharmapack visitors will be able to test their criminal skills at Schreiner MediPharm’s booth (M31) in Hall 4 this year. The challenge: Everyone will be invited to try to open Schreiner MediPharm’s closure seals for pharmaceutical packaging without their tampering attempts being detected. This special activity will take place in the light of EU Regulation 2016/161 supplementing the Falsified Medicine Directive, which all pharmaceutical manufacturers of