A smart packaging solution developed by Schreiner MediPharm jointly with the Edelmann Group includes digital and analog technologies for product authentication and tamper evidence. 

Schreiner MediPharm has combined its expertise in innovative specialty labels and integrated solutions with folding box manufacturer Edelmann. The result is a smart medicine packaging solution with diverse digital features. It includes the BitSecure copy detection technology for fast and reliable product authentication as well as a closure seal with an integrated NFC chip and an additional void effect for tamper evidence.

“Pharmaceutical packaging of the future” serves more purposes than merely protecting and marking medicines. Smart packaging builds a digital bridge between the manufacturer, distributor and patient because, due to digital technologies, packaging is able to communicate. By means of diverse features, a demo version of a smart packaging solution jointly created by Schreiner MediPharm and the Edelmann Group shows pharmaceutical manufacturers the possibilities for authentication and tamper evidence of their products and thus for supply chain security and compliance with the EU Falsified Medicines Directives that has been in effect since February 2019.

BitSecure for Product Authentication

The BitSecure copy detection technology is a printed, digital security feature. BitSecure is based on a high-resolution, random pattern whose delicate details are not discernible by the naked eye. In an attempt to copy the small random pattern with a size of just a few millimeters, the printed image will suffer a loss in precision and optical details. The pattern can be authenticated quickly and flexibly on-site using a smartphone or handheld reader, and analyzed via related software. BitSecure is a reliable yet cost-efficient authentication technology. Due to its small size, it can be easily integrated into existing packaging or label designs.

NFC Closure Seal for Tamper Evidence

The closure seal with a void effect and an integrated NFC chip is more than a conventional seal for folding boxes. It combines analog and digital technologies and offers double tamper evidence: Before the seal’s initial opening, the user reads the NFC chip using a smartphone and related app to receive confirmation of the product’s authenticity. If the seal is peeled off, an irreversible void effect will appear. If the user opens the packaging without previously peeling off the seal, the seal will break along the perforation. If the NFC chip is read again, a warning on the smartphone will indicate that the packaging has been previously opened. This makes any tampering attempt clearly visible. Additionally, interactive applications for patient information and assistance may be integrated into the NFC chip.