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Counterfeiting

A new secure Department of Homeland Security RFID has been touted as one of the most promising technologies for large-scale tracking and security of products. The Product Safety Task Force (PSTF), a coalition of businesses involved in the healthcare supply chain, now says that an RFID-based "electronic track-and-trace system" could be used to improve security in, and thwart counterfeiting of, pharmaceuticals. While bar codes might be used as an interim step, RFID transponders, or tags, would eventually be placed on all individual products, according to a PSTF white paper. "Serialized product 'license plates'" would uniquely identify items throughout the supply chain, allowing items to be traced from point of manufacture on, allowing the verification of a product's authenticity.

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