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Overview of Pharma Serialization

Pharma Serialization is the process of assigning a unique code to every drug package and printing it on top. There are two main points in this definition:

1) A special identifier or "serial" number for each individual medication, which can be found by any method such as manual inspection.

2) The actual drugs themselves - their packaging (e PACKAGING).

The regulations surrounding these codes vary slightly from country-to state or territory rules because they're set up largely similarly but have some minor differences too (cryptography preferences). Yet they all follow GS1 standards.

The benefits of pharma serialization include reducing the number of product recalls, improving patient safety, and protecting your brand reputation. In this blog post, we will outline the important aspects of pharma serialization.

3 types of packaging:

  1. Primary packaging is the drug's contact with the packaging. The aluminum blister can be found being used for most primary packages, but there are some markets where this isn't required or allowed- like America and India! In these two countries alone, you'll find that people have access to their medications regardless of whether serialization was done correctly by the manufacturer/seller.

  2. Medicine packages come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing: to protect your medicine. The secondary packaging is what you find on top of the primary package--the container itself can be anything from a bottle or jar that holds just one dose (like ibuprofen). 80% percent of medicine on average globally is sold in bottles or cartons, with some regulations requiring tamper-evident and serialized numbers for compliance purposes like European FMD (faster moving drugs).

  3. Tertiary packaging, also known as “tertian boxes” or third-party supplies is an excellent way to ensure the safety and quality of medications. By making medicines into a whole with these packages you can carry out B2B operations in your supply chain while always keeping them fresh! The best examples for this type of secondary wrapping material would be bundles; cases that hold multiple items (i e., tablets) but come individually wrapped so they do not get damaged when transported through delivery channels such as postal services and pallets.


In order to meet the requirements of pharmaceutical markets, legislators use guidelines from GS1 when creating regulations on serialization. These guides provide a structure for building 2D Datamatrix codes that can be easily compliant with local law in these areas as well because it adheres strictly by their specifications and definitions establishing what is needed within an advocating country's borders so they don't get caught off guard later down the line during trade deals between different regions or countries who may not share similar standards.

The implementation of serial numbers in various countries is not uniform. For example, Turkey has implemented the simplest form - with only one GS1 code for all major international standards such as United States (US)-FMD or European Union; instead Russia uses CRPT cryptography while maintaining their own set separate from these two other organizations' requirements; this allows them more control over how specific data gets displayed on the packaging but also increases costs due to increased labor time needed during production because each country wants its own design rather than using common templates like many others do across borders.

Most used serialization methods:

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most high-tech industries in use today. They use Serialization techniques such as Thermal Inkjet and labeling technology for printing 2D Datamatrix on many surfaces at fast speeds, but they also have other solutions when it comes to serializing objects like nylon bags or bottles which cannot be printed directly with these methods due to their materials not allowing any kind metal characteristics through; this where specialized services come into play. Some services which can be utilized are Thermal Transfers, Robotic Labeling Technologies (CO2 Laser) among others so your product can still maintain its integrity while being uniquely identified during every step along its journey.

Image processing technology:

When it comes to pharmaceuticals and their codes, the importance of image processing cannot be overstated. For a product's traceability in an efficient supply chain management system has never been more crucial than now with all our advances technology-wise yet still having problems reading some packaging formats due to labeling errors on products themselves. The image processing technology is an important part of the serialization process for pharmaceuticals. It ensures that their codes can be read correctly and without any errors, which will lead to fewer problems in the supply chain if you use the correct techniques and stay up to date with the latest image processing technology.


Pharma serialization is a process that helps to track and trace the movement of pharmaceutical products as they move through the supply chain. This is done by assigning unique identification numbers to each product, which are then tracked at every point along the way. If you’re looking for help implementing a pharma serialization project, Vanguard Vision can assist you. We have years of experience helping companies just like yours meet compliance requirements and get products to market quickly and securely. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve success with your serialization initiative.

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