Companies have been slow to implement technology to track and trace drug shipments, so the government may set a deadline.
The drug industry isn't moving very fast to use radio-frequency identification technology to combat drug counterfeiting. And the Food and Drug Administration is about to apply some pressure.
The Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 requires implementation of a drug track-and-trace program. But until recently, there wasn't technology that would let the industry implement such a program. However, in 2004 the FDA said RFID appeared to be the answer and suggested it could be in place by 2007.
Since then, there have been a few high-profile RFID pilot projects, including putting RFID tags on bottles of Viagra and using the technology to track bottles of the painkiller OxyContin.
But it looks like the FDA doesn't consider that good enough. Agency officials have publicly expressed disappointment at the lack of progress, and the FDA's Counterfeit Drug Task Force is expected to issue a report this month on whether drugmakers should be required to put in place an RFID system. There are indications it could set a deadline for action.
RFID technology has matured quickly and the costs have dropped, so Big Pharma is running out of excuses.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.