What driver’s licenses can teach us about drug identification

Imagine if the DMV didn’t maintain a database of drivers and their driving history. Instead, they just printed all the important information on your driver’s license — such as your name, date of birth, and preferences for organ donation — and relied on each driver to carry their license at all times. Now, imagine if someone got pulled over for … Read More

DoseID, the first industry consortium around RFID use in healthcare, announces its Board of Directors

AUBURN, Ala. (October 27) — DoseID, the first of its kind industry consortium for best practices in RFID use in healthcare, announced its founding board of directors. DoseID brings industry players from across the healthcare continuum together to ensure RFID quality, performance, and interoperability for drug products. The board of directors represents a wide range of leading companies in the … Read More

Near Field vs Far Field RFID Reader Antennas

RFID reader antennas have both a near field and a far-field. As stated previously, UHF “squiggle” type RFID antennas often are capable of working in both the near and far-fields even though they are generally optimized for far-field communication. UHF RFID tags are generally considered to be the standard for inventory tracking/management so we will focus on UHF RFID tags … Read More

How Do I Choose the Right RFID Inlay for My Pharmaceutical Application?

When selecting an RFID Tag, there are nearly limitless antenna designs from which to choose. So how do you know which one is the right one for your application? There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” RFID tag antenna. The tag’s antenna design will affect compatibility with reader antennas and effective frequency ranges. It will also … Read More

RFID in Pharma: What’s the Problem?

RFID already dominates all sorts of systems we as consumers use on a daily basis. It’s how we gain access to the parking garage at work, it’s built into visitor passes at theme parks and ski resorts, it’s present on thousands of products we buy from major retailers and in almost every luggage tag we use in airports around the … Read More

Why “Quality” Matters for RFID-Tagged Pharmaceutical Drug Products

Most pharmaceutical manufacturers and compounders don’t have a lot of experience adding RFID tags to their unit-of-use products. Sure, there have been a few unsuccessful pushes over the last 20 years, but by and large, this is not a strong competency in the industry. When pharmaceutical manufacturers start evaluating an RFID tagging initiative, one of the first mistakes they often … Read More

Quality is Key to Adoption

Quality and performance are one of the three pillars of DoseID’s standardization process. RFID technology has greatly improved since its inception but there are a variety of factors that can affect its reliability such as manufacturing processes, QA workflows, and the challenging environments in which these RFID-tagged drugs will be scanned.  There are currently RFID standards offered by RAIN, GS1, … Read More

The DoseID Standard

DoseID is the first member-driven industry consortium for the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology in the healthcare space. Our goal is to ensure the quality, performance, and interoperability of RFID tagged drug products as they move through the supply chain from the manufacturer, through the distributor, to the hospital and eventually to the patient, across any hardware or software … Read More