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  • Covidien to Pilot Its RFID-enabled System This Summer

    Using passive high-frequency tags, the company's contrast media delivery system for CT scans will alert radiology technicians if they inadvertently try to administer an expired or previously used syringe.

  • Industry Opinion Favors RFID for Drug E-pedigree

    Comments received by the FDA show a preference for RFID technology—generally EPC—for a pharmaceutical e-pedigree identification system, with 2-D bar-coding as a backup.

  • RFID Device Lets Patients Administer Their Own Pain Meds

    A clinical trial at the Halifax Health Medical Center shows the device helps patients better control pain, while also saving nurses time.

  • Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals' Smart Cabinet Tracks Contrast Agents

    The company has partnered with Mobile Aspects to provide an RFID system for tracking bottles of intravenous solution used for MRI and CAT scans.

  • Startup Designs Firewall to Ensure RFID Network Security

    NeoCatena's security appliance is designed to protect an RFID network from counterfeit RFID tags, and from attempts to use malware-encoded tags to introduce a virus to back-end systems—or to steal sensitive data.

  • U.S. Congressmen Seek to Specify a Track-and-Trace Technology for Drugs

    At a House Committee on Energy and Commerce meeting, Reps Steve Buyer and Jim Matheson questioned the FDA and sought to gain support for HR 5839, which would require the agency to stipulate the technology to be used for a nationwide pedigree system.

  • Newest Drug Pedigree Proposal Highlights RFID

    A bill introduced in the US House of Representatives calls for the establishment of drug pedigree and identification standards, and directs federal officials to assess RFID's suitability for meeting them. The new legislation, however, appears to duplicate requirements set forth in the PDMA and the FDA Amendments Act of 2007.

  • Johnson & Johnson Finds Value in Multiple RFID Apps

    The health-care product manufacturer provides insights into some of its RFID deployments, such as tracking orthopedic components and monitoring promotional products and displays.

  • U.S. FDA Seeks Research for Medical Device Tracking System

    The organization's Center for Devices and Radiological Health is requesting input from RFID vendors and end users regarding the effects RFID has on other transmissions in a hospital setting, and on the devices themselves.

  • Exhibit Hall at RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 Is Sold Out

    More than 175 leading providers of RFID hardware, software and services will fill the 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall to capacity.

  • FDA, EC Considering RFID for Drug Pedigrees

    The FDA and the European Commission are each seeking input on technologies and methods for pharmaceutical serialization and tracking. The FDA is required to develop track-and-trace identification and technology standards, while the EC is broadly reviewing options to improve the drug supply chain.

  • Mojix Takes Passive UHF RFID to a New Level

    The startup draws on RF expertise from deep-space signal processing to create a system that it says will offer improved performance, new capabilities and lower deployment costs.

  • All Eyes on FDA for Drug E-Pedigree

    Now that California has extended its electronic-pedigree deadline to 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could become the first governing body to issue e-pedigree requirements for protecting the pharma supply chain—assuming it meets its goal.

  • California Not Ready for Drug Pedigrees -- Is RFID?

    California delayed implementation of its pedigree law for pharmaceuticals by two years, to January, 2011. In its ruling, the California Board of Pharmacy said companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain were not ready to meet the complex new requirements, and also called into question RFID technology maturity.

  • New Alien RFID Chip Adds Memory, Security, Performance

    Alien Technology introduced a Gen2-compliant RFID chip with 512 bits of user-programmable memory. Alien's new H3 Higgs chip also offers password protection for reading and writing. The company claims the chip is 25 percent more sensitive than previous-generation products, providing improved performance and read range.

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