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RFID and digital ID for healthcare and pharmaceutical

Now, more than ever we need certainty, accuracy and safety. RFID and NFC technologies in pharmaceutical and healthcare industries help to provide better tracking and tracing, enhance inventory accuracy, improve asset management and authenticate products. 

All of this prioritises one thing, patient safety, health and wellbeing.

Improving the performance of the entire system

Digital ID technologies can contribute to the performance of the entire healthcare system, which involves many processes that need identification, monitoring, controlling and documenting – strongholds of touchless RFID technologies.

From pharmacies to hospitals, RFID can help itemize and sort stock to ensure quality and prevent waste. The benefits go beyond return on investment as it has the potential to save lives. That’s why Avery Dennison has developed a portfolio of high-quality products, including tamper-evident RFID labels, and luminescent labels that provide pharmacists, hospitals, and those they are treating with vital information. These critical RFID-enabled solutions streamline efficiencies, improve accuracy, and help manage costs, all while fighting pharmaceutical brand counterfeiting. 

Accurate tracking and authentication of medication

Integrating RFID into pharmaceutical products helps improve patient safety by enabling more accurate tracking and authentication of medication through the entire supply chain, with the goal of reducing error rates to nearly zero. It also eliminates the need for costly and, most important in today’s situation, labor-intensive in-house medication tagging, hence removing a considerable burden from the shoulders of hospital staff. 

At a glance: Typical applications

  • Tracking and tracing of instruments, pharmaceuticals and samples
  • Inventory accuracy
  • Product authentication
  • Pharmaceutical drug safety and anti-counterfeiting
  • Patient safety and satisfaction

Follow the journey with connected product cloud: Vaccines’ safe handling enables vaccine vials to become direct communication channels with healthcare providers by turning them into digital platforms. With’s potential for end-to-end supply chain transparency, healthcare providers can see the full journey of each individual dose: From thorough temperature checks and automatic recall alerts, to safety and authenticity certifications, frontline and hospital staff can confidently administer the vaccine and digitally share key information with patients. 



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Our products & innovations

The healthcare industry is always looking for better ways to monitor its pharmaceuticals throughout the supply chain to ensure patient safety and wellbeing. Counterfeit drugs, expired inventory and product recalls are some of the toughest challenges facing pharmaceutical companies today. Our AD-190u8 tag is designed to help with these issues. The 0.866 x 0.492 in (22 x 12.5 mm) antenna will fit inside a 1.25 x 0.61 in (31.75 x 15.5 mm) label, and is best suited for tracking pharmaceuticals and medical supplies packaged in small- to medium-sized boxes, as well as directly onto glass.

AD-301r6  is an optimal solution for a wide variety of healthcare applications due to its high performance (average read distance is 2 - 4 meters) on higher dielectrics such as plastic and glass. The design is slightly larger than AD-190u8 at 30 x 15mm and is available in both WEL and NEL orientation. If user memory is needed, the inlay is also offered with the Monza R6-P chip.

As for product security and authenticity — crucial in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors — Circus Tamper Loop Pro inlays and tags combine tamper detection and highly secure product authentication in one NFC product. These tags feature advanced cryptographic capabilities for the secure authentication of pharmaceutical products, as well as a “digital seal” whose tamper status is stored in the tag’s memory and can be read by any authorized NFC-enabled smartphone.

 For more available products and solutions, you can explore our product finder here.

So, what does that mean in practice?

Smarter supply chains, safer patients

Today when supply chain visibility and product authentication are more important than ever, RFID technology provides end-to-end inventory and item tracking solutions for increased patient safety, transparency, accuracy, visibility, and security, starting at the point of manufacture.

Identify RFID: Automating inventory management for healthcare

Identify RFID, an RFID solutions provider in Thailand, has developed the Intelligent Cabinet solution, which combines RFID capabilities and cloud-based technologies to give medical suppliers and healthcare organizations dramatically increased visibility into their inventories, enabling them to improve inventory management, security, and efficiency. Clear visibility and precise management are critical especially for high value consignment goods that are kept at the customers’ site with little control or knowledge of the inventory status or movements.

NFC and blockchain to guarantee authenticity of COVID-19 test kits and PPE

Smartrac, an Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) company, and blockchain startup SUKU, have announced a digital verification solution to authenticate COVID-19 testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE). The NFC-powered platform enables instant verification of authenticity and provides end-to-end supply-chain transparency.