The amount of counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging
circulating the world is now bigger than ever, even creating what experts call a ‘parallel economy’ – with potentially deadly consequences. With counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging unlikely go away anytime soon, the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly turning to innovative covert and overt anti-counterfeit measures
Anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging
Forecast to register a 12.1% Compound Annual Growth Rate
(CAGR) between 2016 and 2026, the global anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging industry is on a roll. Pharmaceutical packaging designers are really stepping up to the plate, continuously incorporating new security features
into their designs.
Pharmaceutical packaging design featuring track-and-trace technology
is expected to register a 13.1% CAGR in the next ten years, accounting for nearly 2.6 billion euros by 2026.
Covert security features
Covert security features (microscopic tagging, microtext, UV-invisible inks, diamond dust
, …) are forecast to reach a CAGR of 12.3% by the end of 2026.
Security inks and graphics
and graphics in their turn will likely register a 12.8% CAGR, accounting for a market value of 724 million euros. Last year, in 2015, security printing and graphics destined for the global anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging market were valued at about 197 million euros.
Experts are also placing their bets on RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology. Active tags (battery-powered sensors that operate continuously, transmitting data to reading devices) in particular already accounted for 47.5% of the RFID segment in 2016.
Drug counterfeiters are mostly known to create fake labels
, usually printed on white or transparent substrates. Consequently, most manufacturers are printing their labels on dyed substrates
. Other types of security labels include labels that leave a VOID pattern, holographic labels and labels with embedded – yet invisible – traceable components.
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