- New ThingMagic RFID Reader Cuts Cost, Size, and Power
ThingMagic's new Astra RFID reader is a small form-factor device that utilizes Power over Ethernet technology to reduce the cost of deployment.
- New RFID Study Finds No Interference With Medical Devices
Researchers at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and systems integrator BlueBean found no incidents of electromagnetic interference from passive UHF RFID systems.
- Drug Pedigree Mandate Could Be Expensive
According to a new study, complying with legislation proposed by two U.S. Congressmen could cost as much as $110,000 per pharmacy—and more than a billion dollars for a large chain.
- Checkpoint Systems Deems OAT Acquisition Strategic
President Per Levin says the recently completed purchase of a leading RFID software company enables Checkpoint to help retailers "scale up their RFID operations."
- NACDS Study Puts Price Tag on Pharmacy RFID Systems
It would cost pharmacies between $84,000 and $110,000 to comply with proposed RFID and 2D bar code requirements for tracking prescription drugs, according to a new study from Accenture and the Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action. The study did not break out costs for specific technologies and didn't look at potential benefits.
- Study Finds RFID Interferes With Medical Equipment
The prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in today's online edition that documents how 125 KHz and 868 MHz RFID systems interfered with medical equipment. The study by Amsterdam-based researchers recommends site interference tests be performed before any potential RFID installation.
- Researchers Warn RFID May Disrupt Medical Equipment
Experts not involved with the study note that there have been no reports of injuries caused by electromagnetic interference with medical devices, though they do recommend further study.
- Cephalon Moves Ahead With Its RFID E-pedigree Plans
In the latest phase of its RFID deployment, the drugmaker is serializing cardboard shipping containers by means of EPC Gen 2 tags.
- 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.