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Tapping Tech to Track Drugs

The pharmaceutical industry is looking at technologies to improve operating efficiencies, drug quality, and patient safety. It has asked the Auto-ID Center, a tech center at MIT, to explore ways to use radio-frequency identification and electronic product codes to standardize the numbering and labeling of drugs and to track them through the supply chain.

Technology consulting firm Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is working with the center to see how the industry can quickly deploy these technologies, partly to reduce the flow of counterfeit drugs and enhance patient safety.

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