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What is Smart Label

Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems
A generic term that refers to a printed label that typically contains printed information, a bar code identifier, and an RFID tag. The label is considered to be “smart” because of its ability to communicate with an RFID reader.
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RFID Tagging of Pharmaceuticals
David C. Wyld (Southeastern Louisiana University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-889-5.ch150
Pharmaceuticals play a more prominent role in American health care than in any other nation. The North American market today comprises 47% of the global prescription drug market, which now exceeds half a trillion dollars, with Americans spending approximately $251.8 billion annually on pharmaceuticals. This is up significantly from a decade earlier, when American consumption represented approximately one-third of the world market (IMS Health, 2006a). America’s insatiable demand for prescription drugs has led to serious cracks in the drug supply chain of the world’s leading pharmaceutical market. This chapter examines the size and scope of the problem of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, both globally and in the United States. It looks at the impact this crisis is having both on public health and the pharmaceutical industry. Today, leaders in both the pharmaceutical industry and government are looking to more stringent regulations and radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging of pharmaceuticals as a way to head off the problems associated with an increasingly leaky drug supply chain. This chapter outlines the steps being taken in the United States to help secure this vital supply chain. Finally, an analysis is given of the impact the shift to electronic pedigrees of pharmaceuticals will have both on the pharmaceutical and RFID market spaces.
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Digital Object Memory
A smart label is a small transponder (generally a radio-frequency identification tag) consisting of a processing chip and an antenna included in a regular print-coded label. These labels allow physical objects to act as a smart object.
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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology
This is a printed label that contains printed information, a bar-code identifier, and an RFID tag. It is considered to be smart because of its ability to communicate with an RFID reader.
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